June 4, 2010 by Post Team 

Cadmium:Parental warning: There are toxic cadmium in vase-painting of the beautiful glass McDonald’s Shrek – the four vessels with Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey – triggering a voluntary recall by the U.S. Product Safety Commission. Although children do not do well sick away from the cadmium in the vessels, their long-term health could be affected if the paint rubs off on their hands, or lick, kiss or eat some paint potentially toxic McDonald’s Shrek Eyewear .

Cadmium is used in the manufacture of paints, rechargeable batteries, and plastics.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. ”

It is reported that seven million of the 16-oz glasses Shrek McDonald’s have been sold, with another 5 million either in stores or warehouses.

There are no immediate symptoms of McDonald’s Shrek glasses, but long-term Health Risks

Parents will not see immediate illness or symptoms such as fever from daily use glasses McDonald’s Shrek. But that does not mean that the glasses do not pose a risk. By contrast, the memory of McDonald’s raises the profile of cadmium as a risk to health.

People can ingest cadmium, or inhaling dust that contains cadmium. The human body is not free of the toxin with ease, so you can accumulate. “Exposure to low doses of cadmium for a long time can accumulate to toxic levels,” according to the Department of Health Services of Wisconsin.
Serious long-term effects of cadmium

According to the CDC, cadmium can create:

* Kidney damage
* The bone damage, and
* Damage to the lungs.

And, children can be “more susceptible than adults” to bone loss and decreased bone strength due to exposure to cadmium, based on animal studies, according to the CDC.

How many times a day Do Children Use Shrek glasses?

Since children often favor cartoons, decorated glasses, a child who might have three or more exposures to small amounts of cadmium every day, if they drink a McDonald’s Shrek glasses.

For example, if a child uses their favorite drink for breakfast, a midday snack and dinner, that’s at least three potential exposures. And, if a little apple juice or chocolate milk spilled from the cup, a child could lick it, and in the process, ingest some paint.

Each exposure adds a new opportunity for the child eats a small amount of cadmium.

Playful eaters who could, for example, kiss their favorite characters from the image, you can eat a small amount of paint. So children could put their fingers or fists in the mouth after touching the vase painting.

And, of course, in the summer, children are more likely to be home, and thirst.

Cadmium safety standards are under consideration by the CPSC. Meanwhile, parents are advised to make McDonald’s Shrek 16-oz glasses away from their children immediately.

Read more at Suite101: Cadmium is a risk for children; Remember McDonald’s Shrek 4

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