11-second video of this toy in action.
Tamara Rubin is a Federal award winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and childhood Lead poisoning prevention. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009, and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. She uses XRF testing (a scientific method used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for metallic toxicants (including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic). To read more about the testing methodology employed for the test results reported on this blog, please click this link.
Archie McPhee Yodeling Pickle
While we generally avoid plastic toys and battery operated toys in our house – every now and then we make an exception for something particularly useful OR particularly ridiculous. This yodeling pickle falls into the ridiculous category and has been one of Charlie’s favorites (it normally results in everyone cracking up at how ridiculous it is, but WARNING: as with any battery operated toy that makes a repetitive noise -it can be incredibly annoying if use is not restricted! LOL!)
Only accessible components were tested (no destructive testing methodology was used – so this means the test results below are specifically for the outside surface of the pickle.) Batteries normally contain Lead so some batter operated toys may test positive for Lead when the XRF can read through the surface to the battery below. For the surface component that we tested we did not pick up any Lead (on the surface or suspected read through to the battery.)
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Archie McPhee 11761 Accoutrements Yodeling Pickle
- Lead (Pb): non-detect
- Cadmium (Cd): non-detect
- Mercury (Hg): non-detect
- Bromine (Br): non-detect
- Chromium (Cr): 46 +/- 19 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 91 +/- 10 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 77 +/- 6 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 81 +/- 7 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 254 +/- 6 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 588 +/- 93 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 126 +/- 40 ppm
Some additional reading that might be of interest:
- The post discussing the testing methodology used on this website
- Post discussing how to send in an item for testing
- Things that you can test at home.
- Things that might be better tested with an XRF instrument.
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