Jervis & George contacted me yesterday with a response to the testing I reported here this year (2019) and last (2018), testing that was prompted by home testing done by one of my readers who owned these products (a reader who then sent her jars to me for further testing using XRF technology.) Please scroll down to see the company’s full response (which is also a bit of a “Thank you” letter!) These are the types of outcomes we get! We = me +you, my readers. Thank you for participating in this advocacy work to protect children everywhere from unnecessary exposure to Lead in their environment.
Important point to note:
The letter below states that Jervis & George will be introducing their new Lead-free (paint-free) products in November of 2019. I do not recommend buying products from this brand until the new products are available (and ideally until I have had the opportunity to test and report on them.)
Received 4:58 p.m. (PST) – Thursday, September 12, 2019
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing in response to an issue identified on your blog, regarding our baby food jars containing high levels of lead. Firstly, thank you for your concern on this matter. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers (and ultimately their bubs!) so we do appreciate you highlighting this matter to your community.
While the article was published in 2018, I have been working extensively with my team to ensure all elements outlined in your post are investigated. To give some background, prior to launching the business, we conducted stringent levels of testing to ensure our products were 100% safe. Post-launch, we received a huge level of interest in the product from South Korea. To be able to sell into this country involved further and more extensive testing by their own standards and safety regulations, which were all completed successfully.
After reading your blog we conducted further safety tests with other factories to ensure that the paint on the jars met FDA approval. However, we are listening to our customers and your feedback and understand that the use of paint for the logo/markings is unnecessary.
To this degree, I am pleased to reveal that from November 1, 2019 we are launching a new range of embossed jars. These jars do not feature any paint. I am confident these newly designed products address all concerns listed in your blog post.
Further to this I’m interested to hear further about your comment that Avent uses lead free paint as from my extensive research it seems that all paint to mark jars/bottles has some capacity of lead. I really would like to learn more on this with you as I am fully committed in ensure we produce the best products for our kids.
Again, thank you for the post as this has made us a better company – I do appreciate you bringing this to my attention. Please be assured that the health, safety and satisfaction of our customers is my focus. Because of this, I am proud of these newly designed products, which I am confident address your feedback.