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Liz’s rant: Look out for the Ogres!

As most of you are probably – and, painfully – aware, the Shrek series of drinking glasses, offered by the often-featured-here McDonald’s fast food chain, have been voluntarily recalled. I doubt I’m alone in the reality that my kids made them the go-to drinking glasses a few weeks ago, often bickering over who gets Puss-n-Boots and who gets Donkey. The fact that I’ve stolen the Donkey glass on a few occasions for my own personal use probably doesn’t help matters, but that’s neither here nor there, is it?

Anywho, the glasses are said to contain an “unsafe” level of cadmium, (think Miley Cyrus jewelry, also recalled recently) which could lead to God knows what sort of illness, deformation and general catastrophe. Translation: the sky is falling. Run, Forrest, Run.

Seems all-too par for the course for our “the people must live in fear” mentality used by the government and mainstream media. (Pig flu, anyone?)

Also par for the course is the fact that, once again, we only see a part of the story.

While a panicked  citizenry overloads McDonald’s website in a drastic attempt to rid themselves of the evil glasses faster than the Fairy Godmother could turn the king into a toad, you may want to take a deep breath and relax for just a moment. Here’s a snippet from the press release, issued on Mickey D’s website concerning the recall:

In collaboration with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and as a precautionary measure, McDonald’s USA today issued a voluntary product recall of the four Shrek Forever After™ promotional glassware currently being offered in U.S. restaurants.

To be clear, the glassware was evaluated by an independent third-party laboratory, accredited by the CPSC, and determined to be in compliance with all applicable federal and state requirements at the time of manufacture and distribution. However, in light of the CPSC’s evolving assessment of standards for consumer products, McDonald’s determined in an abundance of caution that a voluntary recall of the Shrek Forever After glassware is appropriate.

Did you see that? The blasted glasses (which, by the way, were painted by the same company that has manufactured all of McDonald’s collectors’ glasses in the past, “were determined to be in compliance with all applicable federal and state requirements at the time of manufacture and distribution.”

Then comes that next pesky little sentence with words like “evolving” and “assessment.” Translation? The glasses were voluntarily recalled because they may not measure up to CPSC’s evolving (see also: changing, not yet-to-be-determined, as in not-existent) regulations!

It’s a what-if recall… if you will. Now just so I don’t lead any of you astray, I need to point out that I’m not condoning that you continue to drink out of these glasses. I’m simply saying don’t panic. And don’t make rash decisions based on the fear factor. Put the glasses up for a while, get your money back or shatter (gasp!) Shrek. I really don’t care. Which is part of the beauty of this whole story. As long as you have the facts, as in all of the facts, I believe you people are capable of making your own informed choices.

You’re also on your own to determine who the real ogres are: Shrek and Fiona? Cadmium? Or the CPSC’s non-existent standards. I’m just sayin’.

-Liz

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