Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children, her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005. Since 2009 Tamara has been using XRF testing (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. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023.
Vintage enamelware toy teapot, 60-second test:
- Lead (Pb): 620,400 +/- 116,000 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 1,759 +/- 734 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 1,095 +/- 258 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 4,406 +/- 979 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 888 +/- 210 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 1,303 +/- 369 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 13,600 +/- 2,200 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 3,762 +/- 999 ppm
- Vanadium (V): 369 +/- 175 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 496 +/- 245 ppm
I will update this post shortly but just wanted to start by making sure the XRF readings were up online. Readings are science-based, replicable, and accurate. Each component of each piece reported here on the website has been tested multiple times to confirm the readings; one full set of readings (per component) is reported here on the site.
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