When using an XRF instrument to test this plastic cup (which is made of solid orange plastic with no painted markings or decorations) it had the following readings:
- Lead (Pb): Negative/Non-Detect (Nd)
- Cadmium (Cd): Negative/Non-Detect (Nd)
- Arsenic (As): Negative/Non-Detect (Nd)
- Chromium (Cr): Negative/Non-Detect (Nd)
- Antimony (Sb): Negative/Non-Detect (Nd)
- Barium (Ba): 189 +/- 67 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 4 +/- 2 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 1,491 +/- 26 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 25 +/- 12 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 24 +/- 7 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 2,830 +/- 58 ppm
All test results reported on this blog are replicable and accurate. The test result set above was for a test of this item for a full 90 seconds (1-1/2 minutes) in “Consumer Goods” mode. If a metal is not listed above, it was not detected by the XRF instrument in this mode.
A word of caution, given it is nearly impossible to tell the exact year of manufacture of a Tupperware product (because they are not marked in any way that would indicate the year of manufacture), the fact that this orange cup is negative for Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic does not mean that other orange Tupperware items will also be negative. More testing and research is necessary to make that determination, however most examples of the vintage orange Tupperware products that I have tested have been positive for at least one toxicant.
If you have any information that could help date this particular item, that would be very much appreciated. Thank you for supporting this work in this way. Based on the color and the presence (or absence) of toxicants (and the research I have done to date) I would assume this possibly dates from the late-1980s.
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