Below are the XRF test results for a stainless steel fork from Ikea.
Related: #AskTamara: What do you use to test for lead?
Related: #AskTamara: What is stainless steel?
Please start by understanding the following takeaways:
- Stainless steel by itself (undecorated, solid stainless steel) IF it is truly stainless steel should not have any lead.
- Additionally if an item is MARKED stainless steel it will likely prove to in fact be stainless steel when tested with an XRF instrument.
- Stainless steel pieces that are joined, coated, painted or in any way decorated can have lead in the components that are NOT stainless steel.
- I prefer stainless steel cookware that is undecorated and is made of solid one-piece construction (no joins or welds or additional materials) as that is the type of choice that is more likely to be free of other toxicants (like Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium.)
- There are different kinds of stainless steel.
- To read about the makeup of what seems to be the most popular type of stainless steel (SS #304) found in most cookware please click this link to my “What is Stainless Steel” post.
- There are other types of stainless steel (in addition to 304)
- Most stainless steel has Nickel and Chromium and Iron (as well as other metals).
- The Nickel in SS #304 is generally in the neighborhood of 81,000 – 89,000 ppm
- Most stainless steel from Ikea is actually fairly low Nickel or negative for Nickel, so Ikea stainless items tend to be a good option if you think you might have a Nickel allergy.
- Some Ikea pieces I have tested are Stainless Steel #430/40 (as with the fork pictured here.)
- I have never had any concerns for Nickel or for Stainless Steel with my family and I feel it is a good safer choice for cookware when used in combination with clear glass, natural wood and cast iron pieces.
All that said, below is the full XRF reading set for the Ikea Fork pictured in this post:
(XRF reading states : “Metal-430/40” – which is the type of stainless steel used to make this fork). Please note the Nickel level listed below (as compared with the Nickel level in a 304 Stainless fork, LINK HERE.)
- Lead (Pb): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Mercury (Hg): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Arsenic (As): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Cadmium (Cd): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Barium (Ba): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Antimony (Sb): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Selenium (Se): Negative / Non-Detect (ND)
- Chromium (Cr): 161,600 +/- 1,500 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 2,051 +/- 398 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 830,300 +/- 2,400 ppm
- Magnesium (Mn): 4,311 +/- 1,083 ppm
That’s it! I love Ikea cookware and kitchen products and will always (until further notice) recommend them as safer choices for your family. We use several Ikea products in our home.
As always, thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Hi Tamara, I went to Ikea to buy a flatware. There were more sets of flatware etc. This fork you have on picture does not have any specific number on it, so I was not sure which I should buy. Also you mentioned the spoon from Ikea with number 2242, I found those in the set (just spoons) .. so my question is if this number 2242 has meaning and means safe.. bcause I found set of fork with this number, but they dont look like the one you have on the picture here. This fork looks like it is part of the set they sell ans has number 2242 for 39.99. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00304233/, Can you be more specific please? Thank you so much for your help
Hi Tamara, I went to Ikea for flatware, I think I found the forks you are showing here, at least they look like the one you have here on the pic, but they were part of the whole set https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00304233/, also I saw these spoons, they sell them as spoon set with that number 22422 (but I dont even know if this number is important and means something) and also I found fork set with that number also… so I am kinda confused and not sure what I should get? Thank you for the help!
Mary L gay says
Have you tested artist as flatware? My husband ordered some and I’m concerned. Thank you
Are IKEA cutlery Behagful 003.042.33 lead and cadmium free in 2023?
Also, are IKEA clear glass tumblers (don’t have an item number) l ad and cadmium free in 2023?
I haven’t tested any 2023 products from Ikea yet – but if you look through the ikea posts here on the site you can generally extrapolate results across most recent years (for similar products). Here’s the full Ikea category: https://tamararubin.com/category/ikea/
Here’s the website menu to check out as well: https://tamararubin.com/website-menu/