May 19, 2021 – Wednesday
How much Lead is “too much” Lead?
For context, the amount of Lead that is considered unsafe in an item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint, glaze or coating of an item or anything 100 ppm Lead or higher in the substrate. Unfortunately (as discussed in most posts on this website) there is no law limiting total (XRF-detectable) Lead content in cookware (or really in any consumer goods not expressly “intended for use by children”.)
Cookware is required to not LEACH Lead (within certain limits) from within a vessel at the time of manufacture (you can read more about that here)– but no Federal agency looks for (or regulates) Lead in other components of cookware [even though you might frequently touch those components with your bare hands during the process of preparing and cooking food]. So while 40,000 ppm Lead in a knob of a cooking pan is not in any way illegal, in my opinion it is (at best) unethical.
What are the specific XRF Test results for a Finex pan?
Below are the exact XRF Test results for the pan pictured. Each test result set is replicable, science-based and accurate. Test results reported below are for 30 to 60 second tests, repeated multiple times to confirm the results.
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Component #1.) Yellow brass top knob of the lid of the pan pictured
- Lead (Pb): 30,000 +/- 1,000 ppm
- Silver (Ag): 283 +/- 72 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 7,291 +/- 330 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 377,700 +/- 2,800 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 573,000 +/- 3,300 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 4,997 +/ 356 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 4,869 +/- 413 ppm
- Manganese (Mn): 583 +/- 281 ppm
PLEASE CONTINUE READING BELOW THE IMAGES & TEST RESULT SETS.Component #2.) Yellow brass end cap of handle of the pan pictured
- Lead (Pb): 27,400 +/- 800 ppm
- Silver (Ag): 95 +/- 40 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 1,689 +/- 144 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 360,200 +/- 2,200 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 607,500 +/- 2,600 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 907 +/ 179 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 1,496 +/- 218 ppm
PLEASE CONTINUE READING BELOW THE IMAGES & TEST RESULT SETS.Component #3.) Main iron of the pan pictured (interior food surface)
- Chromium (Cr): 1,733 +/- 351 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 207 +/- 53 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 2,418 +/- 296 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 987,900 +/- 1,400 ppm
- Manganese (Mn): 4,416 +/- 443 ppm
PLEASE CONTINUE READING BELOW THE IMAGES & TEST RESULT SETS.Component #4.) Silver colored spiral handle of the pan pictured
304 Stainless Steel (no Lead)
- Chromium (Cr): 176,400 +/- 1,600 ppm
- Molybdenum (Mo): 3,590 +/- 173 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 4,195 +/- 533 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 83,400 +/- 1,700 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 716,900 +/- 2,800 ppm
- Manganese (Mn): 11,200 +/- 1,200 ppm
- Vanadium (V): 1,295 +/- 468 ppm
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