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Tamara Rubin is a multiple-Federal-award-winning independent advocate for childhood Lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety, and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children (two of her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005). Since 2009, Tamara has been using XRF technology (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 tested. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
ETA: Photo credit for the original photo of dishes in the red cart goes to Jennifer Castellano of Jacksonville Oregon (she just contacted me, on July 24, 2022, to let me know that it is her photo going viral in the “Return To Now’ meme from last year). I updated each of my images with her photo credit as well. Here’s the link to Jennifer’s original image, which was used by Return To Now without permission and without crediting her (in their original share of their post in September 2021). Jennifer’s Instagram is _fortheloveofPyrex_
Here’s my comment on Facebook today (related to the photo/ Meme from “Return To Now”):
Hello all — the woman who took the photo in the viral meme (referenced in my images below) commented on my page today that she did not get photo credit in her photo (from everyone who was sharing the viral meme with her image — including the initial share from Return To Now — below) and she asked that I take down my images, which include reference to the meme that included her photo.
Because what I do is journalism (which includes not simply sharing the original meme, but commenting on the meme and commenting about the reason the idea that was expressed in the meme was unsafe/ not a good idea) and because the meme was shared by countless outlets before I took it upon myself to comment that the idea was unsafe, (so I was writing about it BECAUSE it was a viral meme and BECAUSE it was an unsafe idea) — I do not take down my work or images accompanying unsafe suggestions (made by others) online, but I did update my images (which incorporated the photo as shared by Return To Now) with a photo credit for her and also included a linked photo credit at the top of this article. (This post has links — below — to more details about the potential for harm in using vintage Lead painted dishware for food use purposes.)
It is never my intention to use a photo without credit and I always search very thoroughly for the original source when sharing commentary on a meme. Every now and then (as in this case) it is nearly impossible to find the original source unless someone speaks up — so thank you for chiming in Jennifer, I am happy to give you credit for your photo and I hope others follow suit as well. (I assumed — as I am sure others did when this was initially shared by Return To Now — that the image belonged to (or was cleared by) Return To Now.)
The first image below is the original “Meme” on Return To Now (the page that originally shared the unsafe suggestion/information with Jennifer’s photo with no photo credit in September of 2021). I have also emailed Return To Now and commented on this post, asking them to give Jennifer credit for her photo.
Links you may want to share with this image:
- Why it’s a problem that the Lead paint is on the outside
- The overview article with links to all of the Corning casseroles we have tested
- The overview article with links to all of the vintage Pyrex we have tested
- The scientific study that discusses the potential problem of Lead painted new and vintage glassware
- How much Lead it can take to poison a child
- Symptoms of Lead exposure in adults
- How to respond if folks say “But my grandma was fine, she lived to 100”
- An article discussing why the home test kits don’t work on most dishes
- The recent YouTube video in which I test a vintage Pyrex bowl with a home test kit
- A quote from the most recent Snopes article about my work
- A summary of the testing methodologies used for the test results reported here on the website
- My affiliate link for LeadCheck swabs: https://amzn.to/3EMf50B
- One of the more popular articles about the Corning casserole test results
- One of the more popular articles about vintage Pyrex mixing bowls
- How to dispose of these items
- Safer casserole dish choices
- Safer mixing bowl choices
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There are TWO corrected memes! Scroll down for an alternate version!