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Sunday, May 13, 2017 – Mothers’ Day
I’ve known about this for a couple of weeks now and was waiting to write about it because I wanted to make sure to do the issues justice and answer your questions before they are asked.
The featured image here is from a post in a parent-run group on Facebook called “The Lead (Pb) Group.” It was posted on April 30, 2017,
As might have been expected, even the “newer” stainless steel baby bottles manufactured by Pura Kiki have lead in the center dot underneath the bottom cap.
Pura Kiki has sent these newer bottles as replacement bottles to families and implying to their customers that these were the new /lead-free version of their insulated stainless baby bottle. (See the screenshots communications with Kim below.)
I previously blogged about this, noting that without dissecting the bottle I could not confirm if there was lead or not under the bottom cap, but I assumed (based on XRF testing that I had done to date) that it was possible (and something parents should keep an eye out for if their bottom cap fell off.)
This may be considered “safe” / “lead-safe” by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) (as the CPSC obviously don’t have a concern for baby bottles with lead paint, I don’t imagine that they would be concerned about this.). However, as with the iPlay sippy cup disaster/fiasco, this again points to the need for SIGNIFICANT reform for product standards with the CPSC – especially lead in items intended for infants. The amount of lead acceptable in items intended for infants should be zero.
This also shows that we, as consumers CANNOT have confidence in the words, statements and promises of product manufacturers, even those that assert their “green-ness” as part of their marketing strategy. Granted, the companies were likely not aware of these issues until we brought it to their attention, and their suppliers are fundamentally at fault, BUT oversight of the suppliers and ongoing product quality monitoring (e.g. independent, random, ongoing testing/verification) ARE the responsibility of the manufacturer.
While the company’s apparent stance on the issue in this case is that the bottom cap is “not removed in ‘normal use’ of the product and therefore their product should not expose children to unsafe levels of lead” [and to be clear these center dots in most cases are 100% PURE LEAD , or close to that], they obviously have not done sufficient product testing!
Mothers across the country have reported to me that their bottom caps have fallen off in “normal use.”
Babies throw bottles.
Stainless bottles dent and bend in “normal” use – especially with babies, toddlers and children.
The deforming of the original factory shape of the bottle through “normal” use (by the demographic that it was intended to be used by) will – eventually (and apparently sooner rather than later) cause the bottle to deform enough that the bottom cap pops off, exposing the lead sealing dot.
Given these realities, there is no way this can be construed as not being “normal use,”
In my opinion the product is therefore not safe for children.
In my opinion, the company has also been backtracking on their public statements and misleading customers by sending them “new, replacement bottles” that also have lead. This is not the actions of responsible company making safe/ green products for use by children. A responsible company would have (regardless of CPSC regulations) issued a voluntary recall and removed any and all lead from their products intended for use as baby bottles.
While some might say that when the lead is exposed on the bottom of a sippy cup or bottle like this it still cannot pose a hazard to young children, I must vigorously disagree — and I have another story (from another parent) to share to illustrate this (which I will post later today.)
Any lead (especially pure lead) accessible in any form to a child is not acceptable on a product intended for children. As most mothers can attest, if a part of a product resembles a nipple, young children will touch and fondle it. This is natural, “instinctually-hard-wired” behavior. The indent on the bottom of a bottle falls in to that category. While holding the bottle a child is likely to touch and rub the exposed lead on the bottom; additionally, by it’s essential nature, lead can easily rub off and be introduced into their environment under other circumstances as well. This is especially concerning as it is product intended for use with ingestion of food.
My grade: a BIG FAT “F” – absolute FAIL!
This product is not okay, and by default I would not recommend the purchase of anything from this company at this time.
Please see the additional photos below.
Please note that this bottle (pictured on this post) is clearly by no means significantly deformed from use, the bottom popped off after MINIMAL use and minor denting (if any).
As always, I am happy to answer your questions.
I know it’s frustrating and exhausting, but – given the current systemic regulatory dysfunctionality in this country, it appears that increasingly, we alone (as consumers and as parents) are the de facto last standing bastion of accountability, and accordingly must find the courage and stamina to hold every consumer products manufacturer/importer/marketer accountable for keeping potent neurotoxicants out of our children’s products!
Takeaway and Actions:
- Scientific consensus: “There is NO safe level of lead” – not in a child’s blood, not in consumer products, not in the manufacturing process and not in the occupational environments of the workers who make these products.
- As consumers, you need to demand truly lead-free products for your children (regardless of typical corporate BS assurances that “we are in compliance with current [=lax, not enforced/”industry self-enforced” or non-existent] regulations”.
- We need to actively petition the CPSC to change their guidelines for what they consider “acceptable” (in terms of the allowable amount of lead in an item intended for children.) [I’ll work on creating a petition and share it when I have it available!]. Again: The allowable amount of lead in an item intended for use by infants and toddlers should be an “absolute zero.”
Sadly, if the past serves as any guide, I expect I may likely get some form of reflexive/defensive [or offensive] “shoot-the-messenger” strategic pushback from the company on this one. Please consider donating to my GoFundMe, as I specifically need to raise an additional $10,000 for a retainer for new members of my attorney team in the coming week. [You can also support my independent advocacy work at no cost to you by starting your Amazon shopping with a click through to Amazon from one of my affiliate links [you don’t even have to purchase the products I recommend for me to get a referral commission on what you purchase!]
Happy Mothers’ Day, everyone! Stay safe out there.
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children
Below is the initial note my friend Kim when she first informed the manufacturer that there was lead on her insulated stainless steel baby bottle and their response. The manfacturers note states that the lead was on a “discontinued” bottle — yet the bottle they sent her as a newer version/ replacement is the one pictured above – which still has lead [verified].
Kim’s initial inquiry note from February 1, 2017
This note was written to Kim on February 1, 2017 in response to her inquiry
Below is the follow up that Kim sent after she got the new “replacement” bottle they sent her — and the bottom fell off and again potentially exposed her child to raw / unsealed lead – and the company’s response. Again their response to her clearly has the promise and reassurances that future products will be “lead free”… but isn’t that essentially what was promised/implied above? With different wording? That the bottle she was being sent would not have lead?
This note was written to Kim after her April 30, 2017 response
to the company once she found her new bottle also had lead.