Vintage Tin, McCormick’s Bee Brand Absolutely Pure Cream Tartar: 10,300 ppm Lead on the painted exterior.

When tested with an XRF instrument this vintage tin of McCormick’s Bee Brand Absolutely Pure Cream Tartar had the following readings (on the painted exterior design and markings of the tin when tested for a minimum of 60 seconds).

  • Lead (Pb): 10,300 +/- 400 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 8,962 +/- 354 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 3,463 +/- 264 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 700 +/- 267 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 598,700 +/- 2,500 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 16,000 +/- 600 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 65,800 +/- 1,200 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 12,600 +/- 1,300 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 5,660 +/- 693 ppm

Most of the vintage tins I have tested have been positive for at least some amount of Lead (and often other toxicants as well.) To see more vintage tins I have tested, click here.

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Tamara Rubin

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