#AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon.

#AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot have lead?

More important: When you unpacked your Instant Pot, did you read each and every warning label and wonder why it was there?

The short answer to the first question is (unfortunately): “Yes! The 2018 Instant Pot has at least two components that test positive for lead when tested with an XRF instrument.” Please read on for details and to better understand the concern.

This is the very first time I have unboxed an Instant Pot that was brand new in the box (never been opened, never been used – with all of the original plastic packaging, etc.)

Click here to see all of my posts on the Instant Pot, including a video we made in 2017 and a letter from the company about the lead we found at that time.

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonI was surprised to see a circular orange warning sheet that I had never seen before/did not know came packaged in with these pots. [Perhaps they added this warning sheet after we contacted them early in 2017 to let them know we found lead (Pb) in the heating element of the 2017 Instant Pots?] Here is what the warning says:

“WARNING: Make sure the heating element is free from grease and debris. DO NOT leave food on the heating element. *Use only genuine Instant Pot inner pots for cooking*. Remove card before use!”

[I also wonder if they added the bit about using ONLY genuine Instant Pot inner pots for cooking after they heard about the trend of people using their vintage Pyrex (painted with very high-lead paint in the decorative elements) mixing bowls for cooking inside their instant pots?]

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonWhile I have concerns about the lead found in the Instant Pot (see specific XRF test results below), it is among the lowest (if not the lowest) lead content that I have found when using XRF testing to test for toxicants (lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, etc.) in this type of appliance (electric rice cookers and pressure cookers).

Pretty much ALL of the electric rice cookers and pressure cookers I have tested (using an XRF instrument) have high lead in the heating element (the component at the bottom of the inside of the appliance that touches the interior pot but does not touch the food directly) and nearly all of the pressure cookers also have very high lead levels in the valves.

• This new (purchased in 2018) Instant Pot does not appear to have any lead in the valvePlease see more posts about this here.

• The older cookers also have high lead in the electrical cords, which this one does not (the electrical cord was completely lead-free!)

• While I would prefer to have a completely lead-free rice cooker/pressure cooker (and a completely lead-free kitchen for that matter!), in an effort to keep peace in my marriage, I will reluctantly allow my husband use this Instant Pot for cooking his rice and beans each day (he is vegan), as it is significantly lower lead than any other option we have found — and taking into consideration that the leaded component (the heating element) does not come in contact with the food.

• I hope that Instant Pot continues to honor their statement to me from last year about continuing their efforts to lower the lead in the heating elements of their cookware.

Below are the XRF Test results of the components of the 6-Quart Instant Pot purchased direct from Amazon in July of 2018. (Here is my affiliate link to this pot on Amazon.) All components were tested with an XRF. If a component is not listed it is because it is negative for lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury and does not have any other test results of interest. Here is are two posts (one and two) with more information about XRF testing.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama


XRF Readings For All Components For A 6-Quart Instant Pot (pictured) purchased new from Amazon in July of 2018.

Stainless Steel Inner Vessel (for holding the food) – #SS 304 (read more about #SS 304 here):

  • Chromium (Cr): 182,600 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 31 +/- 14 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 163 +/- 53 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 3,138 +/- 482 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 81,700 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 712,800 +/- 2,700 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,302 +/- 461 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 13,800 +/- 1,200 ppm

Black Enameled Interior (that the stainless pot sits in)

  • Barium (Ba): 8,858 +/- 345 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 2,579 +/- 562 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 166 +/- 77 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 14,500 +/- 700 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 552 +/- 266 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 860,100 +/- 2,900 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 27,100 +/- 1,400 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 67,800 +/- 2,200 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 14,100 +/- 1,600 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 2,786 +/- 642 ppm

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonHeating Element (Dark Gray Disc, Under Stainless Pot):

  • Lead (Pb): 617 +/- 44 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 1,668 +/- 228 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 488 +/- 131 ppm
  • Selenium (Se):  35 +/- 23 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 20 +/- 10 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 3,398 +/ 89 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 8,544 +/- 199 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 9,652 +/- 225 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 236 +/- 34 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 4,499 +/- 167 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 16,900 +/- 800 ppm
  • Balance (likely aluminum): 953,900 +/- 1,200 ppm

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from AmazonSilver Colored Plastic Button in Middle of Heating Element:

  • Lead (Pb): 30 +/- 9 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 572 +/- 245 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 233 +/- 101 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 483 +/- 45 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 127 +/- 22 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 1,915 +/- 67 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,371 +/- 87 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 14 +/- 9 ppm

Valve Pin (on top & below lid):

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

Silicone Seal In Lid (underside of lid):

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

White Plastic Utensils – included in box:

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

Metal Circular “Grate” – included in box (likely #SS 304):

  • Chromium (Cr): 181,600 +/- 1,900 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 1,037 +/- 513 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 81,600 +/- 2,000 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 720,100 +/- 3,300 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,374 +/- 558 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 10,300 +/- 1,400 ppm

Black Electrical Cord:

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD
  • Antimony (Sb): 7,129 +/- 212 ppm*
  • Zinc (Zn): 540 +/- 60 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 195 +/- 107

*I understand Antimony is a fire retardant and I am not surprised to see it in an electrical cord, but I think it is not ideal for it to be in a food preparation appliance at all. I don’t know if it wears onto your hands when you touch the cord or not. I have recently spoken to parents of children who have tested high for antimony in their blood and hair samples and therefore have a heightened corner for this as a potential issue. I have also found high levels of antimony in couches, mattresses, blankets, pillows, pajamas and other bedding items.

Black top valve (accessible components tested without destruction):

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD

Clear plastic measuring cup (comes in box)

  • ND for Pb, As, Hg & CD
*Links on this post may be Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking on an Affiliate link I will receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my advocacy work in this way!

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2 Responses to #AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon.

  1. Lili August 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks for posting this Tamara!!!

    Would you mind sharing how would you clean the inner pot after each use, specifically the bottom. Would you wash in your sink with a particular soap? Sorry if this question it too silly:)

    Also, would you use the glass lid that instant pot makes or would you not buy it at all?

    Thanks!!!

    • Tamara August 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

      I’ll check with my husband (Leonard) since he is using it (not me!) and I will get back to you!

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