July 28, 2022 – Thursday
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Quick summary of the issue
The issue at hand is this: the glass baby bottles by NUK – pictured above – (as well as bottles from Pigeon; Lansinoh; Tabor Place; Wee Sprouts, and other brands) are painted with high Lead-content paint – on the part that one can expect WILL be touched by a baby when the baby is holding the bottle / feeding themselves.
Why is this a problem if the U.K. regs say the Lead doesn’t leach or migrate?
Leach testing and migration testing are only done for a product at the time of manufacture. Products are not tested (in order to determine if they meet regulatory limits) using real-world scenarios to determine safety. Said another way, baby bottles are not first used daily for months (including being washed and sterilized many times a day) and then tested for whether or not micro-particulate Lead can wear off on to the baby’s hands (from the painted coating.) They are only tested when new – with no wear, use or compromises to the coating.
Baby bottles (with normal use as intended) are typically sterilized by submerging in boiling water or by using hot steam in a bottle sterilizer appliance. Sterilizing bottles in this way (in combination with normal cleaning with detergents and scrub brushes on a daily basis) causes the paint on the outside to deteriorate and wear over time. It only takes a microscopic amount of Lead (literally an invisible amount) to poison a child.
There should be NO allowable amount of Lead in the painted decorative markings on baby bottles in 2022. It is completely unnecessary. Lead-free paints are available. The brand in question (at the center of this recall – NUK) ALSO makes baby bottles with Lead-Free paint (for the California market- which we have tested and confirmed they are Lead free). There is no reason for NUK to be using high Lead paint on some of their products and Lead-free paint on others. This article discusses how much Lead it takes to poison a child.
More problems with today’s recall…
Problem: Babies everywhere matter – not just babies in the USA!
The issue with today’s recall is that NUK tried to downplay the Lead paint concern in their public statements (see screenshot below), first talking about how they are a “trusted brand” and then – through their “carefully chosen language” – writing that only 100 units are being recalled in the U.S. – which – as an isolated statement will easily mislead consumers to think that only 100 units (related to this issue) were painted with Lead paint. This is not the case.
When any baby bottle is manufactured (given the nature of the manufacturing process), a minimum of THOUSANDS of units are made at a time (tens of thousands possibly even) and while – allegedly – “only” 100 of these Lead painted NUK bottles were purchased/sold in the United States (via Amazon), NUK is taking NO RESPONSIBILITY for the thousands that were purchased and sold elsewhere (being used by babies around the world.) We had bottles shipped to us from Cyprus which were painted with Lead paint and also had a friend of Lead Safe Mama from New Zealand send us a NUK bottle she purchased there and confirmed that it was positive for Lead paint at levels comparable to the bottles purchased on Amazon in the United States.
Through this messaging NUK is also implying that only American babies matter. This is 100% unacceptable! Image below is from Instagram this morning (clearly moms around the world are concerned!)
Continue reading below the image – from Instagram this morning.
This is a post on Instagram from a mom in Albania
Update: July 30, 2022 – from another NON-USA based advocate… (emphasizing our assertion that NUK need to make this a worldwide recall!) This mama is in Greece. (Shared with permission.)
Here’s the text from this post – or you can click the image below to see it on Instagram. (please continue reading below this image).
“Ανάκληση μπιμπερό NUK στην Αμερική
Προ δύο ημερών, 28-07-2022, ο CPSC, ο αμερικανικός οργανισμός ασφάλειας καταναλωτικών αγαθών ανακοίνωσε την ανάκληση βρεφικών μπουκαλιών NUK, λόγω υπέρβασης του ορίου μολύβδου στη βαφή των διακοσμητικών τους στοιχείων.
Ο μόλυβδος προκαλεί μη αναστρέψιμες βλάβες σε βρέφη και παιδιά, ακόμη και σε ποσότητες αόρατες στο ανθρώπινο μάτι.
Για περαιτέρω πληροφορίες ανατρέξτε σε παλαιότερο post ή στον λογαριασμό της ακτιβίστριας Tamara Rubin @leadsafemama.
#babybottle, #μπιμπερο, #γυαλινομπιμπερο, #leadsafemama, #nontoxicliving, #safebabybottle, #glassbabybottle, #ecoliving, #grhealthyliving, #safekids, #βρεφικομπουκαλι, #βρεφικόμπουκάλι, #productrecall“
Problem) What about the other 7 bottles that we reported around the same time? Bottles that have not yet been recalled?
Only ONE type of NUK bottle – in ONE pattern (the gray and white stars) is covered by this particular recall — when all of the other bottles pictured in the image above were equally toxic (in terms of significantly exceeding the Federal limits for Lead in children’s products here in the United States), and most important perhaps, all of these other bottles were also reported to the CPSC as being in violation of the Consumer Product Improvement Act of 2008 at the same time as the one.single.bottle that was recalled today. It’s incomprehensible (at least from the perspective of a parent) that they would not be issuing a recall for ALL offending Lead-painted patterns at the same time.
Continue reading below the image of the recalled bottle
A subset of problem #2
Their recall product quantity is wrong no matter how you look it.
There’s no way the NUK recall of 100 bottles even includes a fraction of the Lead-painted NUK glass baby bottles in the United States. For some background, please understand that there are likely more than 20,000,000 (twenty million) children under age 4 in the United States today – probably more with all of the pandemic babies! (Source below – continue reading below the image). This fact alone makes it difficult to believe that only 100 of the lead painted NUK glass baby bottles were sold in the United States.
Separately – I find it really hard to believe that (with the millions of babies here in the United States – image below) the 12 Lead-painted NUK bottles that I personally own might amount to more than 10% of the number of recalled products – that’s a ridiculous concept. But then please do realize I have seven different Lead painted NUK patterns in storage (12 bottles total) – so of my 12 bottles actually only four have the specific recalled pattern…
Looking at what we know about these bottles (to try to determine how many Lead painted NUK bottles are ACTUALLY likely in the United States at this time):
- First we must consider the fact that there are at LEAST six (6) more Lead Painted NUK patterns, based on testing done here at Lead Safe Mama.com.
- Extrapolating from NUK’s apparent logic which seems to assert that only 100 units per pattern made it into the United States (since they are recalling 100 of the gray and white star pattern bottles) – we then have a possible pool of at least 600 other bottles (700 total – minimum), bottles that should have been recalled.)
- I don’t think 700 is accurate either. [What about the TWELVE Lead painted NUK bottles in Lead Safe Mama LLC’s toxic product storage right now – are they counting mine? – They are from multiple sources, including Amazon.]
- Then there is the issue of American parents purchasing these Lead painted NUK baby bottles directly from other European vendors (something I would expect that NUK does not have the capacity to track.)
To illustrate that USA based moms can easily buy and are intentionally buying these bottles from European vendors because they want to make sure to have a safer product and they believe that Europe has safer standards (and they believe that a European manufacturer would not ever manufacture bottles with Lead paint right where the baby touches the bottle) here’ s one comment on our Instagram post about this (you can participate in that comment thread by clicking the image below.) [Shared with permission]
With all of these considerations, there are likely MANY MANY MORE Lead painted NUK bottles here in the United States. This statement from NUK that the recall only includes 100 bottles is a BLATANT attempt at DAMAGE CONTROL.
Problem: NUK has known about this since at least 2019!
If you would like to read the full history of this issue – since Lead Safe Mama, LLC first discovered (in 2019) that the glass NUK brand baby bottles are painted with Lead paint – please check out the links below (which are listed in chronological order.) Each of the bottles tested and reported here on this website was purchased and sent to me by a reader of this website. All of the work here is a community-collaborative effort in that way – fully community-sourced.
Links from articles related to this issue here on LeadSafeMama.com
- Initial Lead Safe Mama article reporting Lead paint found on NUK brand glass baby bottles (brown leaf pattern): February 28, 2019
- June 2021 follow up article reporting our findings on another pattern of glass NUK baby bottle with Lead paint (silver and white star pattern): June 15, 2021
- Initial report to the CPSC about the issue with NUK brand bottles: June 16, 2021
- Clip from December 24, 2020 interview with Jon Fishman (drummer of Phish) chatting about Lead paint on baby bottles: published June 22, 20211
- Additional NUK glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (teal leaf pattern): December 19, 2021
- Additional NUK glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (yellow floral pattern): December 19, 2021
- Additional NUK glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (airplane pattern): December 19, 2021
- Additional NUK glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (sailor pattern): December 19, 2021
- Additional NUK glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (blue and white dot pattern): December 19, 2021
- Lansinoh glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (purple logo): December 19, 2021
- Follow-up summary report to the CPSC about this issue: December 20, 2021
- RADIO SILENCE FROM THE CPSC – for more than 13 months….
- Pigeon brand glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint (red and yellow logo): March 3, 2022
- Tabor Place brand glass baby bottle painted with Lead paint: June 17, 2022
- Recall notice on the CPSC site: July 28, 2022
- Recall notice on NUK’s site: July 28, 2022
Given the work here at Lead Safe Mama, LLC (the work that initiated this recall) is FULLY INDEPENDENT – and not funded by any agency or company – but instead funded by (and directed by) LeadSafeMama.com readers I will use this opportunity to invite you to make a contribution in support of this work (or help out in other ways) so we can keep doing what we do. Here’s the link with all the ways you can support this work. The simplest way to support this work (the action that will have the biggest impact) is to share our graphics and links on social media (click on the graphic at the top of this page – drag it to your desktop and copy the short-link at the top of the page to share with it).
Other 2022 Lead Safe Mama, LLC initiated Recalls
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This year (in the past two months, actually) the CPSC has already initiated TWO recalls for Lead paint on children’s products for items tested by / discovered by Lead Safe Mama, LLC. Here’s the earlier recall information for the Jumping Jumperoo toy.
Abhorrent response. I urge all who are concerned to follow the link for Recall notice on NUK’s site: July 28, 2022 and voice your outrage by scrolling down to the company’s contact link. Go one step further by posting a review to educate others about this company’s business practices on sites you use that sell Nuk products.