Yet McDonald's says it agreed to recall the glasses "in an abundance of caution" after being notified by the safety agency that Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) had received an anonymous tip about cadmium in the paint.
It's unclear whether McDonald's tested the glasses before they went on sale or only after Speier voiced concern about cadmium in the paint. Howard, the company spokeswoman, couldn't be reached for comment on the matter.
"It's very unnerving that it took a tip to a member of Congress to get something moving," Speier told me.
Speier said it seems unlikely the paint originated in Europe, where safety regulations for hazardous materials are much stricter than in the United States. She suspects it came from China, one of the world's leading producers of cadmium.
Speier wants to expand current regulations to include a ban on cadmium in all products marketed to or intended for kids.