The silicone parts of this particular bottle tested positive for low/ trace cadmium.
Given I have been finding cadmium in more than 50% of silicone items I have tested, I conclude (just based on my observations) that this level of cadmium is likely naturally occurring in the materials being used to produce the silicone (it is not an added ingredient at these very low levels).
Additionally this level of cadmium is considered safe by all standards, however I still have concerns about it – as it is a known carcinogen and I have been finding it across the board in so many silicone products (both products intended for use by children and those intended for use by adults.)
I don’t know that any agency or organization is monitoring the impact of cadmium found so pervasively in these trace levels throughout the products in our home, and my concern is specifically that many of these items are kitchenware and /or intended for use by babies and young children.
Also interesting to note: I have tested many baby bottles with silicone components where these components were cadmium free, including the clear silicone nipples that come with the Avent bottles, so it is possible to manufacture silicone that is free of cadmium.
Please note: some insulated stainless steel water bottles have tested positive for high levels of lead in the center sealing dot in the middle of the bottom of the bottle. If there is lead under the bottom stainless steel cap of a water bottle like this the XRF is not able to detect it through the stainless steel. However, I ask that you keep aware of the potential issue and notice (in the event that the bottom comes off) whether or not there is a darker metal sealing dot in the center of the bottom of the bottle, and if there is, discontinue use of the product.
Generally, in my experience, water bottles with the capped bottom like this (several brands have similar construction) do not always have a leaded sealing dot under the bottom stainless cap (a cap that covers the whole bottom and goes up the sides a bit).
However I have not actually personally dissected new versions of this or similar bottles to see if this is consistently the case. In any event, with this type of construction, if there is a leaded sealing dot it is well covered an not accessible to children (as long as the cap does not fall off.)
Click here for an update: We have found (as of April 2017) that the newer bottles manufactured by this company do indeed have the leaded sealing dot in the bottom under the cap, in spite of the company’s assurances that this is not the case. Additionally the bottom has been known to fall off with normal use. The manufacturer of this product has again re-promised (in April 2017) to remove the lead from their product, however I would not buy nor recommend this product (or any products from this company for that matter) until we have been shown definitively that their sealing dot is now lead-free.
My grade for this product: “F”.
To read more about my concerns for trace cadmium in silicone click here. Please note that the hazard level for cadmium in an item intended for children is currently 40 parts per million and these levels are all below 40.
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