(Tainted glass story updated with commentary from recall expert)
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that the action hero and movie-themed glasses found to be tainted with lead far exceeding federal limits for children are indeed children's products, a report says.
reports that the CPSC's view, expressed on Monday and shortly after
reported findings of its commissioned investigation into the glasses with decoration suspected of being tainted with toxic metallic elements, contrasts with the view of the importer of the glasses,
of Utah, who says they were marketed for adults. These federal lead limits would not have applied to adult products, according to
Still, Vandor says it will cooperate with the CPSC to recall the glasses; 72,000 have been sold so far, according to
says the CSPC will continue to investigate other glasses with decorations found to be tainted either or both by lead and cadmium, according to the
-sponsored study, to determine if they're children's products as well.
AP says about 160,000 glasses have been recalled by two companies since it reported its findings last week.
Following the report,
Brothers said it would stop selling them and
said it was recalling more than 80,000 drinking glasses.
Lab testing commissioned by the
indicates that some of the most popular comic book or movie-themed glasses contain up 1,000 times the amount of lead permitted by Federal limits for children's products.
The tests, done by ToyTestingLab in Rhode Island, were conducted on superhero and "Wizard of Oz" glasses bought from the Warner Brothers Studios store in Burbank. They found that decorations on the glasses were 16% to 30.2% lead, far exceeding the federal limit of 0.03% for children's products.
The "Oz" Tin Man design was reported to contain the most alarming levels of lead: 1,006 times the federal limit for children's products. "The Wizard of Oz" Lion and Dorothy decorations exceeded the limit by 827 times and 770 times, respectively. Wonder Woman exceeded the limit by 533 times, Superman by 617 times, Batman by 750 times and the Green Lantern by 677 times, according to
The decorations on these glasses were also reported by
to contain notable traces of cadmium, a metallic element that's even more dangerous than lead. Currently there are no federal limits for cadmium usage in product designs.The glasses were all made in China.
If it had been determined that these products were not exclusively for children, the lead levels would have been legal,
Separate studies on Coca-Cola and
glasses showed small, but noteworthy traces of lead and cadmium in their decorations,
The AP-commissioned study also examined glasses decorated with lead and cadmium-laced designs that could be toxic to children through long-term contact. Most of these ten additional glasses were available before year 2000. They include a Disney "Goofy" glass tainted with lead and cadmium, and distributed by McDonald's, and three
Return of the Jedi
glasses distributed by Burger King in 1983. One of the "Jedi" glasses hit the FDA limit on lead exposure for children after just eight touches,
The news organization said its investigation was conducted in response to the McDonald's recall of about 12 million cadmium-laced Shrek glasses during the summer.
On Sunday, Coca-Cola said it was recalling 88,000 sets of themed glasses after
tests indicated that the the decoration on the outside of its 16-oz. decorated glass that looks like a can of Coca-Cola was tainted with cadmium. The glass was sold as a package of four glasses, each representing a can of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero or Sprite, and were made by French-owned
Mike Rozembajgier, vice president of recalls for ExpertRECALL, an Indianapolis, IN-based recall consulting firm, says with the findings from the
-commissioned report is a "game changer" for many companies with lead or cadmium in their products; they're now wondering if they're next in line for recall.
As the voices of government agencies, advocacy groups and the media -- "the three eyes of safety" on consumer products -- as Rozembajgier calls them -- grow louder, companies that are unprepared for recalls will suffer greater costs in trying to bring a product out of the market and supply chain and great lost brand loyalty.
-- Written by Andrea Tse in New York.
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