Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children, her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005. Since 2009 Tamara has been using XRF testing (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. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023.
Jon Fishman (Drummer of Phish) Interview Clip – Link Here
90-second clip discussing Lead-paint in baby bottles with Jon.
December 18, 2021 – Saturday (wee hours)
Same post – different headline and different key image!
In a pre-censorship world/ pre-pandemic world (on social media? in the news?) I am certain that this would have gone viral. Why wouldn’t it go viral?! What is “this?“: Brand new glass baby bottles found positive for high levels of Lead in the exterior paint (the part where babies put their HANDS!) Continue reading below the image.
Why this should go viral:
Note: I don’t want this to go viral for fame or fortune. I want this to go viral so NUK experiences public pressure from their customer base – pressure that gets them to stop using Lead paint on their baby bottles!
- FACT: It is NOT “False News”.
- FACT: It is SCIENCE (like – OMGosh – real, legit, sciencey facts!)
- FACT: The test results reported here on www.LeadSafeMama.com are for testing that has been done by a certified operator (me) of scientific equipment that costs many tens of thousands of dollars (a very specialized handheld XRF instrument – not just an instrument for testing paint – but one for testing consumer goods) which is the same instrumentation designed specifically for testing consumer goods and used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to do this same type of testing (screening items being sold for use by children to make sure these items don’t test positive for heavy metals like Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Mercury.) This. Is. SCIENCE!
- FACT: I have a vagina. The fact that I have a vagina and work in my home and have disabled children does not negate the fact that this is actually SCIENCE (just in case you believed some of the “Fake News” about my work (specifically the really-fake-news 2016 Snopes article about Vintage Pyrex in which they disparaged my work because the “journalist” who wrote the article had no understanding of the SCIENCE behind the work I do). (You can read more about that here and watch a video too!)
- FACT: My science was vetted by CBS News and by USPIRG when they did a piece about my work finding Lead in fidget spinners in November of 2017. Please check out the news story video here.
- FACT: The test result set shared below is an XRF test result of a modern/new/recently-purchased glass baby bottle made by a very popular “reputable” company.
- FACT: The bottle is made in Europe (known for having higher quality products than much of the world)!
- FACT: The parents choosing to buy these glass baby bottles are buying them BECAUSE they WANT a HEALTHIER choice for their baby. They have NO IDEA that these glass NUK bottles are painted with Lead paint and would not even think of that as a concern. They think (as they should) that they are making a more environmentally-friendly and safer choice for their baby (safer than plastic) … and except for the fact that the bottles pictured in this post (and so many others from this brand – every design I have tested so far on their glass bottles only [not the plastic bottles – just the glass ones]) are painted with Lead paint… they would otherwise be a healthier choice.
This should go viral because science reveals that a “high quality” expensive “cleaner choice” glass baby bottle from a well-known European brand (NUK) is painted with LEAD PAINT and because these bottles are being sold to young unsuspecting parents (parents specifically spending a little more to try to do better for their children).
Side note: you cannot test these bottles yourself with a home test kit. Home test kits do not work on most consumer goods. Please click this link to learn more about the testing methodology I use in my work. Thank you.
Below are the exact XRF test results for the blue polka dot pattern NUK glass baby bottle pictured in this post: NOTE: Photos of the XRF reading for this bottle are at the bottom of this post.
- Lead (Pb): 24,000 +/- 200 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 290 +/- 6 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): 64 +/- 9 ppm
- Bromine (Br): non-detect
- Chromium (Cr): 2,611 +/- 137 ppm
- Cobalt (Co): 1,103 +/- 36 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 140 +/- 9 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 17,300 +/- 500 ppm
- Zirconium (Zr): 760 +/- 11 ppm
- Indium (In): 12 +/- 3 ppm
- Platinum (Pt): 402 +/- 35 ppm
- No other metals were detected in consumer goods mode.
All test results reported on this website are for tests that were repeated multiple times to confirm the results. They are accurate, science-based, and replicable.
The Problem (in a nutshell):
- Federal agencies agree that no amount of Lead exposure is safe for children.
- Federal agencies agree that exposure to Lead-based paint is among the most concerning Lead exposures for children.
- The paint, glaze, or coating of a modern item intended for use by children is required (by law) to fall below 90 ppm of Lead.
- This BABY BOTTLE tested positive for 24,000 ppm Lead in the exterior paint (where the baby holds the bottle).
- Federal regulatory agencies consider paint to be “Lead-based paint” (and extremely hazardous to children) when it reaches levels of 5,000 ppm Lead or higher.
- WHY then are they allowing baby bottles with Lead paint registering at 24,000 ppm Lead!?
- Why has no public recall been initiated?
- Why is the news not covering this?
For some reason, I cannot get the news or anyone else to care about this issue.
- Complaints to the CPSC have created no action.
- Communications with the Department of Health in Germany had no response.
- E-mails to CBS News (the same people who wrote the fidget spinner piece) sparked no interest.
- E-mails to a Facebook employee requesting help removing the restrictions on distributions related to this content went unanswered (so far).
- Communications with the manufacturer (NUK) had responses that were deflective and took no responsibility for the “error”— and essentially admitted their corporate knowledge of Lead in the paint on these particular bottles (saying in response to our inquires that these bottles are “ok” — and not “illegal” because they are “not for sale in America” – even though these were purchased in America (by a mom in Tennessee) and sent to an American recipient (in another State – Oregon) using an AMERICAN distribution channel (AMAZON – based in… Seattle?).
- Recent emails to journalists with the New York Times about this issue have (as of yet) received no response.
- I even interviewed a rock star (a guy who performs at sold-out stadium shows and who is also a fellow parent of a Lead exposed child) to try to help bring attention to this issue (Jon Fishman, Drummer of the Band Phish) and that video clip has had only 84 views as of the moment of publishing this post. (You can watch that clip here.)
- What’s it going to take to bring attention to this issue?
Grassroots efforts are also getting no traction.
For some reason, social media is not sharing these posts (about Lead paint found on modern baby bottles) when the posts are shared by myself and others on Facebook and other social media channels.
Please help drive some national (and international) attention to this issue so we – parents in the United States and around the world – no longer have to have any concern that a glass baby bottle might EVER be painted with Lead paint, let alone Lead Paint at levels that exceed 266 TIMES the allowable level of Lead in the paint or coating on items intended for use by children, (ostensibly) regulated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- This baby bottle tested positive for 24,000 ppm Lead in the paint.
- The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 set that limit at 90 ppm.
- Anything 90 ppm or above (for Lead in the paint of an item intended for children) is supposed to be illegal, yet the CPSC refuses to do anything about it.
What you can do to help:
Please share this information on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, on Next Door, and in an email to all the people in your life who have babies in their families, just however you can think to share it.
If this post gets through to people (if Facebook doesn’t completely restrict the reach)… If this post has at least 1,000 views by the time I wake up in the morning – I will start a change.org petition to try to help effect change.
UPDATE: Case-in-point about censorship: when I checked on this post about 10 hours after publishing it and sharing it on Facebook and Instagram, it had only been read 220 times! The screenshot below is from 10:28 a.m.12/19/2021 – showing only 234 views of this post in over 10 hours! (Please continue reading below the image.)
The things we will demand (in a petition/petitions):
- Formal ongoing testing by the CPSC and FDA of ALL BRANDS of BABY FEEDING PRODUCTS (bottles, cups, food storage containers, bowls, plates, cutlery, etc.)
- Specific legislation OUTLAWING Lead paint on baby bottles.
- Specific legislation OUTLAWING Lead sealing dots on stainless baby bottles.
- Specific legislation OUTLAWING any Leaded components of baby bottles.
- Specific legislation OUTLAWING any Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury or Antimony in ceramic baby feeding products.
- FORMAL OFFICIAL HIGHLY PUBLIC RECALLS (Federally-mandated, and widely publicized on the news) for all baby bottles and baby feeding products that I have tested and found to have Lead over the past six years (because these baby bottles that were NOT recalled – from brands where the company silently and reluctantly made changes, but made no formal announcement – are still commonly in use in families’ homes today, even if the Leaded versions of the product are no longer being manufactured and sold by these companies.)
- Corporate public apologies for each Leaded baby product found (past and future).
- FEDERAL INTERVENTION limiting claims of “purity” certifications (mandating certifying agencies [like Made Safe] revoke certifications if certified products are later found to not meet the standards/specifications that were the basis for their certification).
- Companies who sell Lead-painted (or otherwise Leaded) baby bottles in countries outside of the United States will not be allowed to sell these products in the United States.
- Public recalls and apologies from Bunnykins (Royal Doulton); and Beatrix Potter (Wedgwood); and others (with public statements on their websites, in perpetuity) – stating that their pre-2011 products that had been made for use by children should not be used and should be considered unsafe and potentially quite dangerous (and they will replace with a Lead-free version upon request). [Note: these products should be destroyed.]
What else should I add to this?! Let me know. (Obviously, I am asking for “the kitchen sink”, and we may not get it all — or any of it for that matter — but at least we will generate some awareness!) Please check back here Sunday afternoon for an update (12/19/2021), and If I create the petition I will link it to the top of this post.
Thank you for being outraged with me.
This whole thing is infuriating… that the news won’t pick it up, that the Feds won’t do anything, and that the company says it is “okay” because they weren’t supposed to sell these bottles in the United States [and it is legal for them to sell Lead painted bottles in the countries where they intended to sell these (including Cyprus which is where these bottles were shipped from, apparently!).
NOTE: Don’t despair! There are LEAD-FREE choices out there (see links below) — the point is that we shouldn’t have to make this choice. All baby food containers and baby bottles should be Lead-free.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing my posts. Please help me beat the social media censoring algorithms and help me inform mothers everywhere that their glass baby bottles may be painted with Lead paint. If you have questions about YOUR bottles and you have not been using a NUK bottle, please type the brand name of your bottle in the search bar here on this website and you can find out if I have tested it (and can read the test results for each component). Several of the brands I have tested are also listed in the links in the next section of this post.
To read more on LeadSafeMama.com about this topic check out the following links:
- More Nuk baby bottle patterns I have tested + communications.
- More baby bottles I have tested + communications.
- Avent baby bottle test results.
- Pura Kiki baby bottle test results + communications.
- Green Sprouts sippy cup/baby bottle test results + communications.
- Dr. Brown’s baby bottles
- LifeFactory Baby Bottles
- Evenflo Glass Baby Bottles
- Hevea Baby Bottles
- Jervis & George Glass Baby Food Storage
- Ball Brand Glass Baby Food Storage
- Weck Brand Glass Baby Food Storage
- Baby Bottle Recommendations (Lead-Free!) on www.ShopLeadSafeMama.com
- Baby Food Storage Recommendations.
Owner – Lead Safe Mama, LLC
Mother of Lead poisoned children.
Yes, I have a vagina and work out of my home but that does not mean that my science is not legitimate.