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Tamara Rubin is a multiple-federal-award-winning independent advocate for childhood Lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety, and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children (two of her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005). Since 2009, Tamara has been using XRF technology (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 tested. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
I get this question (in some form or another)… ALL. THE. TIME!:
“Tamara, which crock pot do you recommend?”
“Tamara, which slow cooker is Lead-free?”
My answer: I do not ever recommend ANY ceramic-lined crock pot or slow cooker in ANY brand, model, or style. Period.
- Ceramic-lined crock pots are far more likely to have at least some amount of Lead than most other types of pots and pans.
- These slow cookers are often used to cook acidic foods.
- For many folks, these small, convenient set-and-forget appliances are often used daily and constantly — especially by larger families and families with young children.
- Lead levels in these products tend to vary from batch to batch.
- To date, no brand I have tested has been consistently Lead-free.
- Ceramics with Lead have been shown to leach over time — despite whether they were initially found to comply with current leach-testing standards at the time of manufacture.
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