Originally published: November 21, 2018
Updated: October 26, 2020
I want my readers to know that this is not a paid post. The company that manufactures these products did not pay me to test their product nor to report about it on my website. The way this website works is I test and report on items sent in to me by my readers. My readers choose what is tested and also help me cover the cost of the testing. In this way this is truly independent (uninfluenced) test results.
In October of 2020 the owner of this toy company asked if he could link to this post with the test results for his products from his website. I said “sure!” I always love supporting the work of companies that are being responsible when it comes to manufacturing items intended for use by children. I have since updated this post so that new people to my site (coming over from his site) will have some context for what they are reading!
Introduction to Tamara’s work (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is an independent advocate for consumer goods safety. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009 and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. Tamara uses XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants, including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic.
You Name It Toys Custom Name Puzzle
When tested with an XRF instrument the custom farm puzzle by You Name It Toys pictured here was negative for all the bad stuff that I normally test for. What this means is that it was negative for Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Arsenic and Antimony. Each of the paint colors in the puzzle were tested, as well as the unpainted substrate. See the full XRF test results below.
Is this a good choice for my children?
Yes! I think this is a wonderful choice for a holiday present for the small children in your family this year. In addition to it being safe from a heavy metal toxicant perspective it is also “Made in the USA” by a family-owned company.
Specifically it has the following XRF readings (this is one example reading set from more than a dozen tests):
- Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
- Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
- Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
- Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
- Barium (Ba): Non-Detect / Negative
- Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
- Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
- Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
- Zinc (Zn): 38 +/- 16 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 4,579 +/- 686 ppm
Fun Fact: In most new paint the use of Titanium has replaced the historic use of Lead.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them personally. Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.