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Cadmium Found on Popular Fast Food Restaurant’s Glassware


EMSL Analytical provides cadmium testing services to protect people from the dangers of cadmium exposure.

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On May 21 the one of the world’s largest fast food chain began offering four drinking glasses with images of a popular movie painted on the outside of the glassware. The enamel used to paint the glasses has since been discovered to contain cadmium.

Most experts agree cadmium is an even more dangerous heavy metal than lead. Cadmium can be extremely toxic even in low concentrations. This raises concerns over its presence in the enamel on the glasses. The material does bio-accumulate and is an environmental hazard. The metal is a known carcinogen and is believed to be associated with numerous cancers. Cadmium, like lead, can also hinder brain development in children.

The restaurant chain reports that the glassware has been tested by an independent third-party laboratory and their test results showed the glassware to be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. However the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is currently reviewing cadmium standards for consumer products and may change the standards in the near future.

Cadmium made national headlines earlier this year when according to a report from the Associated Press (AP) cadmium showed up in imported Chinese children’s jewelry at alarming levels. The AP had 103 pieces of children’s jewelry that are sold in the United States tested for cadmium. 12 of the items had cadmium levels ranging from 10 to 91% by weight.

EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest environmental laboratories, provides testing services for cadmium and other heavy metals. “Exposure to cadmium can be very dangerous, especially when we are dealing with exposure to young children,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical. “EMSL can help industry ensure cadmium levels are within permissible limits to protect the public through advanced heavy metal testing services.”

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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental, consumer products and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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