When using an XRF instrument to test these plastic measuring cups (which are made of solid orange plastic with no painted markings or decorations) they had the following readings:
- Cadmium (Cd): 61 +/- 7 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 138 +/- 71 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 394 +/- 12 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 17 +/- 8 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 10 +/- 5 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 1,615 +/- 191 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 60 seconds (one minute) in “Consumer Goods” mode. If a metal is not listed above, it was not detected by the XRF instrument in this mode.
This is a relatively low level of Cadmium compared to some of the other vintage orange Tupperware pieces I have tested. You can see all of those by clicking here.
A word of caution, given it is nearly impossible to tell the exact year of manufacture of a Tupperware product (because they appear to not be marked in any way that would indicate the exact year of manufacture), the fact that this orange cup set is negative for Lead, Mercury and Arsenic (and only positive for a relatively low level of Cadmium compared to other similar vintage orange pieces) does not mean that other orange Tupperware items will also be negative. You can read more about this here.
Outside of the concern for the presence of heavy metal toxicants, it is my understanding that all vintage Tupperware (pre-2010) does test positive for BPA (a substance which is not detectable with an XRF instrument). As a result, just because a vintage Tupperware item is negative (or low) for toxic heavy metals does not mean it should definitely be considered safe for food-use purposes.
If you have any information that could help date this particular item, that would be very much appreciated. So far I have this 1982 Tupperware catalog that helps give some context for some of the pieces and colors – link. Thank you for supporting this work in this way (by providing information that is helpful to others!)
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