Here’s the email from Tea Bloom
April 20, 2021 – Tuesday – Please scroll down and read all FOUR emails. Their email to me, my response, their response, my response!
Here’s the text of their email (which has clickable links if you choose to email the company in response to their actions and tell them what you think of their reaction to my findings)…
We tested this product (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w-fy7l8JX8) with a U.S. facility that is ISO 9000 accredited and it has passed both lead and cadmium tests. The sticks you use are not accurate.
Besides this, the logo is on the outside and bottom of the teapot, and therefore does not touch the beverage at all. So, it seems like your videos are not only inaccurate, but also very misleading to your audience. If the video is not removed within 24 hours, we will pursue legal action with you for any estimated losses we incurred since you posted the video.
Here’s my first response to TeaBloom
sent a few minutes after getting their e-mail
Nice to *meet* you. Usually when companies threaten legal action against me it backfires as my work is unassailable, science-based, replicable and accurate. I did not use [just] a “stick” I used an XRF instrument. The paint on the bottom is Lead paint, per the video. Please remove the lead paint from your product that you are marketing as “Lead Free”. Thank you on behalf of all Lead Safe Mama readers.
As with all my work I look for the presence of Lead in objects, the video does not state that there is any impact on the beverage contained within.
Here is my original post: https://tamararubin.com/2021/04/marketed-as-lead-free-but-painted-with-lead-paint-tea-bloom-glass-teapot-made-in-china-video/
Here’s email #2 as a screenshot
as a screenshot from my phone
My final response to them is below this
My final response to TeaBloom:
So this is searchable on the interwebs… here is the above in text format:
Hello again, John.
I posted your email and my initial response to you on my blog (link below). Please do read the link provided in my earlier email which discusses the testing methodologies I use in my work. As with most of my work – with your teapot I first used XRF technology to *quantify* the amount of Lead, and then followed up with a LeadCheck swab test to show my readers what that amount of Lead looks like when it is tested with a reactive agent home test kit.
In your case (as stated in the video) the XRF instrument showed the Lead painted logo on the bottom of your teapot tested positive for between 5,000 and 6,000 ppm Lead. XRF technology is the same technology used by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to test for Lead in consumer goods (with readings in parts per million… ppm.)
Some companies respond favorably to this work (and the test results I provide to them free of charge via my advocacy.) Companies that respond favorably generally don’t alienate their customer base by threatening to sue me as a first email. They often thank me for my work and use that as the basis for doing further research into their materials sourcing – so they can fix the problem. I invite you to do a “180” on your approach here, as your teapot (at least the one I tested) most definitely is painted with Lead paint in the logo on the bottom, and while your advertising says the glass is Lead Free (which it is), your customers (incorrectly, based on your marketing) assume that extends to any painted markings.
Having Lead painted markings on a teapot is not illegal, HOWEVER… there are Lead-free options for these painted logos and I encourage you to research them (Avent baby bottles is one company I know that uses Lead-free markings.) Alternately I encourage you to consider switching to embossed logos (imprinted in the glass without paint), which is something the company Elk & Friends did after I found similar white Lead painted markings on their reusable glass baby food jars (branded as Jervis and George.)
Here’s my post from today and I will also upload this email to that post.