BOSTON -- A Massachussetts legislative committee refused to recommend weakening state safety standards to allow McDonald's restaurants to sell Muppet glasses as they have been doing nationwide.
The Legislature's Health Care Committee Thursday said the glasses have too much lead paint and refused to recommend a bill weakening state standards.
Theyunanimously voted an adverse report that, if accepted by the House, would kill the bill and ban the national promotional campaign in Massachusetts.
'Enough evidence was presented to show there was a definite health and safety concern,' said the co-chairman, Rep. Theodore Aleixo, D-Taunton.
Gov. Edward J. King, who has been trumpeting the 'Make It in Massachusetts' theme of business promotion, has been promoting the bill for McDonald's.
Al Bowermaster, who owns three of those restaurants in the state, said he has five children and would not sell unsafe glasses 'nor would my compatriots.'
Representatives of the Libby's Glass Company, which manufactures the glasses for McDonald's, said every other state and the federal government has approved the lead paint level as safe.
Sen. Jack Backman, D-Brookline, who opposed the bill, said those tests 'never examined the lead content of McDonald's glassware.'
He said the decoration of the Muppets, popular television puppets, contains more than 50 percent lead.