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#SaferChoices: French Press Coffee Makers, #AskTamara

I get this question A LOT! “Tamara, what coffee maker do you use?” A: Mostly we use a French press style coffee maker. However I do want to clarify that I have found lead in several French presses.  Specifically (as with many measuring cups and other glass items with logos or marked writings on the […]

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#Leaded: Vintage Fisher Price Little People Boy – Orange

This little vintage orange Fisher Price Little People boy has a plastic body and a plastic head.  His orange body tested positive for lead at 258 +/- 21 ppm lead (Pb). His painted on hair tested positive for cadmium (Cd) at 78 +/- 12 ppm and for mercury (Hg) at 14 +/- 6 ppm. His […]

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#Cadmium: Fisher Price Vintage Little People, Green Man

This little vintage green Fisher Price Little People man has a wooden body and a plastic head.  His head/face tested positive for cadmium (Cd) at 160 +/- 14 ppm and for mercury (Hg) at 15 +/- 8 ppm. Cadmium is considered unsafe for children at levels of 40 ppm and higher (by modern standards.) He […]

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#Leaded: Vintage Fisher Price Little People, Blue Lady.

This little vintage Fisher Price lady has a wooden body and wooden head, with yellow plastic moulded hair. Her blue body is #LeadSafe at 13 +/- 6 ppm lead, but has cadmium at 226 +/- 17 ppm cadmium (Cd). Cadmium is considered toxic to children (by modern standards) at levels of 40 ppm and higher. […]

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#Leaded: 1980 Fisher Price Airplane

1980 Fisher Price/ Quaker Oats Airplane. Yellow (vinyl?) cord at front of airplane (tether): 660 +/- 30 ppm lead (Pb), 52 +/- 21 ppm arsenic (As.) Fisher Price logo on plane:  62 +/- 11 ppm lead. All components negative for mercury and cadmium. All accessible components tested. Tested with an XRF instrument. Here is a […]

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