Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children, her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005. Since 2009 Tamara has been using XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals), including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times, to confirm the test results for each component. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023.
Please read this entire post. It’s important information to share with anyone you know who has a baby who might use baby bottles.
When tested with an XRF instrument (for a minimum of 60 seconds per test), the Nuk brand glass baby bottle pictured here (purchased new in 2018) had the following readings:
- Lead (Pb): 19,900 +/- 500 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 234 +/- 17 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 9,411 +/- 415 ppm
- Platinum (Pt): 362 +/- 104 ppm
Metals not listed were not detected by the XRF.
It’s February 2019 — two years after I first discovered Lead paint in newly-manufactured baby bottles (link) and frankly, I am OUTRAGED to find yet another popular/mainstream mass-manufactured TRUSTED brand of baby product using Lead paint on their glass bottles.
Parents are buying these glass bottles as a “healthier alternative to plastic”. They are specifically being marketed in that way, too. However, the levels of Lead I am finding in the paint on these items (and in the solder dots on the bottoms of many of the insulated stainless steel brands [link]) are UNACCEPTABLE. There should be NO allowable Lead in baby bottles.
When I contacted the CPSC about this (and when my readers contacted them, too), we were told that Lead paint on a baby bottle is “not a regulatory infraction” — because “if you scrape all of the Lead paint off of the bottle it is too small of an amount to be a concern.” This perspective — of only calculating the amount of (very-high Lead content) paint as a percentage of the total weight of the product is tragically dumb – or ominously worse: smacks of regulatory capture)!
Well, NOOOO! (She said, screaming as loud as she could!)
It just takes a microscopic amount of Lead to poison a child! Federal regulatory agencies (EPA, CDC, FDA) agree that there is no safe amount of Lead exposure for a child. The Lead content of the paint in most of these products is VERY HIGH. The amount of Lead – outside of this loophole – that is supposed to be considered illegal and unsafe for use in children’s products is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint or coating. The paint I tested on the outside surface of this baby bottle is almost 20,000 ppm.
Let that sink in.
Outside of some initial news coverage on the issue when I first discovered this (back in January/February of 2017 – TWO FULL YEARS AGO), no one (not a single agency, nonprofit, company, celebrity, or lawmaker) has taken up this issue — even though I have strongly appealed to so many of these folks I have spoken with to help me bring attention to this problem to make this stop.
But today YOU can help: Share this post. Make it go viral. That will get the attention of the news and perhaps a celebrity or two will look down and contemplate their own baby, with their little fingers tightly curled around the painted logo as they innocently drink from one of these bottles — and will become equally enraged that they are painted with Lead paint. YOU can help spread the message in this way.
Below are the brands of baby bottles (that this website’s readers have randomly sent in for me to test) that I have found to have Lead in the past two years (either in the paint or the solder dot on the bottom of insulated stainless bottles). Not ONE of them has issued a public recall, let’s take this into our own hands as consumers and boycott these companies.
SOME of these companies have made changes to their products, but even the ones that did, did so QUIETLY — and never issued a recall for their Lead-contaminated products (click the name to read about their products):
Safer Chemicals? (Mike?), Environmental Working Group? (Ken?), Center for Environmental Health? (Michael?), USPIRG? (Kara?). THIS is your time to jump in and help. THIS is your time to shine. HELP ME bring INTERNATIONAL attention to this horrible offense being made by companies ostensibly selling “better”/”safer” (because they don’t contain plastic) choices for baby bottles. Call me: at 415-609-3182 (texting first is best), and let’s write a press release together.
Not another day should go by on this issue.
I have examples of each of these products in storage if you need to see them to study or review them yourselves.
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