Much of the independent consumer goods testing I do is with the help of my followers and friends on Facebook. In fact the followers who help me with this work usually end up becoming my friends! We are partners in this advocacy actually, with the same goal: protecting kiddos from sources of possible environmental toxicity exposure.
One of my followers (who has since become a good friend) brought the issue of the possibility of high levels of lead in Hevea baby bottles to my attention towards the end of 2017.
Another follower then ordered one of the bottles and had it sent to me direct from Amazon in early 2018. I followed up with additional testing in early 2018 and confirmed that, in fact, these bottles did have high levels of lead in the paint.
We contacted the company and they sent us a sample from their new stock (“fixed”/lead-free product) to test (direct from Europe).
The fact that they had fixed the product and had new lead-free stock at the ready to send me was a clear indicator that the were aware of the problem and had remedied it by making changes with their suppliers – including changing the country of manufacture and changing the paint used for the markings on the product.
However we learned through this process that the company did not issue a recall for their old product even though they were fully aware the paint contained very high levels of lead (as high as 27,000 parts per million on the logo.)
Please share this with all of the new moms you know, as they may still have the old leaded Hevea baby bottles in their possession. Thank you.
To reiterate: no recall (mandatory or voluntary, corporate or government) was made for the leaded version of this brand of baby bottle.
Please scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the full infographic with the comparisons between the leaded and lead-free versions of this brand of baby bottle.
The amount of lead that is considered toxic in an newly manufactured item made and/or sold for use by children in the United States is 90 ppm lead or higher in the paint or coating and 100 ppm or higher in the substrate.
Both XRF testing and reactive agent testing were used to confirm the presence (and levels) of lead on this product.
Bottles from this brand that are painted with lead painted markings were sold as recently as this year  on Amazon and via other outlets [internet & “brick & mortar.”]
It looks like they have finally (October 2018) removed the leaded versions of this bottle from all Amazon listings.
If you do see a 5 oz (leaded)* version of this bottle listed for sale online, please post the link to the product in a comment on this post so other parents can be made aware if they are still available for sale.
*Please note (in the infographic below) the different shape of the bottle with the lead painted markings vs. the bottle with the lead-free painted markings.
This is not the only brand of baby-feeding glass product (baby food jar or baby bottle) that we found recently to be painted with lead paint. Please click here to see more posts related to this concern.
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