Beatrix Potter 2007
Peter Rabbit Baby Cup
This little Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Wedgwood China baby cup was purchased new in about 2007 and was tested with an XRF instrument (by me) in 2012. This cup belonged to my friend Chelsea. As with most of these Beatrix Potter cups produced by Wedgwood before the new/modern product safety regulations became enforceable, this one was predictably positive for a very high level of Lead, even though it is relatively new (not a vintage item by any means!)
How much Lead is too much Lead?
The Lead level on this item was 36,000 ppm. Thirty six thousand parts per million lead! The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children (since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 became enforceable) is anything 90 ppm lead or higher in the paint, glaze or coating and anything 100 ppm lead or higher in the substrate.
Click the links below to see more examples:
- 1960 Peter Rabbit Wedgwood China Baby Cup: 59,200 ppm Lead
- 1970 Peter Rabbit Wedgwood China Baby Bowl: 59,300 ppm Lead
- 1991 Peter Rabbit Wedgwood China Baby Dishes Set: 52,000 ppm Lead
Are the new Beatrix Potter cups safe?
The brand new cups from this line are (appropriately, and in compliance with the new CPSC legislation) Lead-free. Any items from these sets made before 2010 (and even before 2012) should not be used for food use purposes and especially should not be used by children. Frankly they should be disposed of!
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