Russian authorities to remove plastic cups from McDonald's

15:06, June 05, 2010      

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The head of Russian inspection for consumers safety, or Rospotrebnadzor, Friday ordered the withdrawal of plastic cups used in McDonald's restaurants countrywide.

Rospotrebnadzor ordered all of its regional subdivisions to monitor local McDonald's restaurants over the withdrawal, said Gennady Onishchenko,the chief sanitation inspector.

Rospotrebnadzor made the move after being informed that McDonald's was recalling 12 million collectable cups based on the movie "Shrek Forever After" in the United States after cadmium was discovered in the painted design on the glasses.

"Either McDonald's violated the cups' production technology, or it is the paint of the cups that did not match the national and international safety standards," Onishchenko was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said long-term exposure to cadmium contained in the cups' design can cause "adverse health effects."

Cadmium is used in the production of yellow dye. If swallowed, the toxic metal, a known carcinogen, can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems.

Onishchenko criticized McDonald's for "poor standards of quality control".

"This situation shows that all this much vaunted quality control system is nothing more than just a show-off. We ought to abandon those cups and, well, to abandon McDonald's altogether. Their food doesn't correspond with our national culture," Onishchenko said.

McDonald's Russia's spokesperson said the company did not sell the contaminated cups in the country.

"We buy them from our Russian suppliers," she said.

Source: Xinhua

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