Cadmium is a carcinogen known to cause adverse health problems including bone softening, severe kidney problems, and hindered brain development. In spite of this, dangerously high levels of Cadmium are still being discovered in dangerous products marketed to our children. On Friday, June 4, McDonald’s announced it was recalling all Shrek promotional glasses due to abnormally high levels of Cadmium in the paint. At the time of the recall, McDonald’s had sold an estimated 7 million glasses. Congresswoman, Jackie Speier, began an investigation into the Shrek glasses after receiving an anonymous tip concerning high levels of Cadmium in the paint. Following this investigation McDonald’s issued a voluntary recall. “Our children’s health should not depend on the consciences of anonymous sources,” Speier said. “Although McDonald’s did the right thing by recalling these products, we need stronger testing standards to ensure that all children’s products are proven safe before they hit the shelves.”
The McDonald’s recall is just the latest. Early this spring, the consumer protection agency, issue three recalls for children’s jewelry containing high levels of Cadmium.