November 1, 2020 – Sunday
Last night (at 9:30 p.m. PST) I published a post sharing about the findings of Lead in Paulie Jar stainless steel insulated beverage / food containers. Here is the link to the original post. The reason this finding is concerning is two-fold.
- Reason #1) This product was being marketed and sold as a Lead-free product by Mighty Nest (they state repeatedly on various pages of their website that all products on their site are Lead-free or “free of Lead” or “no Lead”.)
- Reason #2) This product was being marketed – both by the Manufacturer (Paulie Jar), and the vendor (Mighty Nest) – as an item intended for use by children — yet the current design includes a Leaded sealing dot! This exposed Leaded sealing dot on the bottom of the product (with Lead content high enough to be easily detectable with a reactive agent swab!) may be technically illegal (a possible violation of the the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008). If touched, the exposed Leaded sealing dot on the bottom of these food containers / drinking jars also constitutes a very real potential hazard to young children using this product (when the product is used as intended).
Here is a picture of the product – continue reading below the image to see the response from Mighty Nest.
Earlier today I was happy see I had received a response from Mighty Nest.
Today (before I got out of bed actually – since it is the Sunday afternoon after Halloween and we were sleeping late to recover from yesterday!) I actually first received an e-mail from representatives from the Paulie Jar company and then – a bit later while I was out on a walk with my boys – received an e-mail from Mighty Nest.
A good start!
I must say that it so refreshing that both companies are taking this seriously — and that they actually each took the time to respond… on a Sunday… the Sunday after Halloween… during a pandemic… right before the election of the century. To me this speaks a lot to the potential for this to resolve well and on good terms (“good terms” for everyone involved — specifically the consumers who were – in a way – “duped” into buying a product that was misrepresented as being a safer choice for their children).
The Full Response:
Below is the response from Mighty Nest (as a screenshot from my e-mail). Continue reading below the image to read it as text (which I have included for visually impaired folks or people like my son, who use a text reader when reading websites).
Here’s the full text of the response:
Thank you for the important work you do. We really appreciate our customer and you for bringing the Paulie Jar issue to our attention. I wanted to reach out directly to let you know that we are diving in to address the issue. We have removed this product from our site, and are working with the manufacturer to validate how this happened.
Before we carry any product, we always work with our manufacturing partners to validate that it is free of any concerning chemicals, including lead. We take the ingredients and materials our products are made from very seriously, and will notify all of our customers who have purchased this product once we have gathered all of the facts from the manufacturer. We will also be revisiting our internal processes as necessary based on what we learn.
Thank you again for sharing this with us. We will keep you informed as we know more.
I will be sharing the response from Paulie Jar (along with my responses to them from this morning) shortly. I will also be posting a detailed response directly to Chris (the CEO of Mighty Nest) here on the site (so my readers can stay abreast of the communications in this matter; my specific additional concerns; and any resolutions).
As always, thank you for reading my posts, and thank you for sharing them with others. Please especially consider sharing this series of posts with anyone you know who regularly shops with the Mighty Nest (in case they may have purchased one of these products for their children to use under the assumption the product is Lead-free.)
So far there are two posts up related to this product, and I will update this list as additional posts are published.
- Initial post reporting these findings – 10/31/2020
- This post with the response from Mighty Nest – 11/1/2020
- A post with the communication exchange I had with Paulie Jar – 11/1/2020