1997 “Vintage” Campbell’s Soup Ceramic Mug: 11,400 ppm Lead + 1,251 ppm Cadmium [M’m! M’m! Good! NOT!]

When tested with an XRF instrument the vintage (vintage is 20+ years officially, so yes – 1997 is vintage!) ceramic mug pictured here tested positive for the following metals when tested with an XRF instrument:

White undecorated elements of mug (including inside of mug):

  • Barium (Ba): 2,405 +/- 276 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 3,843 +/- 303 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 33,400 +/- 1,900 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 229 +/- 108 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 809 +/- 339 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 12,800 +/- 800 ppm
  • Metals not detected (in consumer goods / test all mode) are not listed. 

Exterior decorative elements of the mug:

  • Lead (Pb): 11,400 +/- 400 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 615 +/- 43 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 2,547 +/- 180 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 345 +/- 115 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 4,139 +/- 209 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 25,700 +/- 900 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 244 +/- 67 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,019 +/- 221 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 814 +/- 100 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 6,240 +/- 371 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zn): 12,800 +/- 500 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 249 +/- 113 ppm

Second exterior reading focused on a primarily red area of the decoration had a Cadmium (Cd) level at 1,251 +/- 75 ppm.

Remember, for context: 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint or coating of an item is considered unsafe for newly manufactured items intended for use by children.

As always, thank you for reading and for sharing my posts. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama
 

5 Responses to 1997 “Vintage” Campbell’s Soup Ceramic Mug: 11,400 ppm Lead + 1,251 ppm Cadmium [M’m! M’m! Good! NOT!]

  1. Cheryll March 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

    Uggghh…I have these from the 60’s/70’s (grew up with them) and still use them. Guess they’re going too. 🙁

  2. John Thomas March 15, 2019 at 10:07 pm #

    Talking about content is step one. The important thing to talk about is transmission. How does the lead get from the object into a person. Please link to the science. Scary headlines meant to induce fear are propoganda, not actual education

  3. Sandi March 17, 2019 at 7:23 am #

    I recieved a set for Christmas one year….not sure the year, but when in doubt…

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