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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). Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
Monday — December 26, 2022
Hello friends! There are more than a dozen articles about this issue (Lead contamination of KitchenAid brand standard mixer attachment paddles, whisks, and dough hooks) here on the Lead Safe Mama website. I am writing this today in an attempt to share all of the background in one place, for those who are new to the concern. Below you will also find KitchenAid’s official response to this concern, as of December 22, 2022 — and our complete dissection and call-out (point-by-point) of the greenwashing and deflection that KitchenAid has packed into this rather short statement. If you are new here (as I expect many of you may be), and you have no idea who I am and are unfamiliar with the consumer goods testing we do here at Lead Safe Mama, LLC — a short summary of our work and recent accomplishments (& citations in national and international press) can be found at the bottom of this article. You can also check out our “Press” page on this link.
I apologize that this is a very long article — but I wanted to cover all of the bases, and answer all of the questions in one place. I have broken this article into the following sections;
- Section #1) What you need to know if you own one of these KitchenAid stand mixers
- Section #2) Will the Lead contamination of these mixer attachments poison me and my family?
- Section #3) Some of the history of the issue (of Lead contamination in KitchenAid attachments)
- Section #4) All of the paddles and attachments with test results published here on LeadSafeMama.com
- Section #5) KitchenAid’s December 2022 public statement in response to these findings
- Section #6) Our response to KitchenAid’s public statement
- Section #7) A communication template for you to use in reaching out to KitchenAid to request replacement (Lead-free) paddles
Section #1) What you need to know if you own one of these KitchenAid stand mixers
1.A.) Here is the background that is most important for you to understand if you own one of these:
- The standard attachment package that comes with most KitchenAid countertop stand mixers is primarily made of cast Aluminum.
- KitchenAid offers an “upgrade” to Stainless Steel attachments for about $100 extra – for the set of three (whisk, dough hook and paddle).
- Cast Aluminum parts are usually a mix of Aluminum materials that have been melted down together and poured into a form to make that object (vs. other manufacturing processes, like the case of say, a cookie sheet – in which a piece of virgin aluminum sheet is just rolled out and bent or stamped to make the item)
- In general, Aluminum is never the safest/healthiest material for use in cookware – but that’s a whole other conversation!
- Cast Aluminum, which involves melting and re-forming various aluminum materials, is almost always Lead-contaminated. You can see the following examples of Lead-contaminated Cast Aluminum here on this website by clicking any of these links: hand juicers, garlic presses, ice cream scoops.
- “Virgin“ Aluminum [i.e. original Aluminum raw stock – sheet, plate, bar, or tube – as supplied from an Aluminum mill / distributor] is not normally contaminated with any Lead.
- One reason Cast Aluminum is often contaminated with Lead is because it is common for the Aluminum “stock” used (melted down and cast into a new product or part) to be sourced – entirely or in part – from recycled Aluminum…which can contain various contaminants.
- The KitchenAid standard Cast Aluminum paddles and other attachments have been available in two versions: “burnished” (bare metal Cast Aluminum), and white or gray nylon-coated Cast Aluminum. [However it is my understanding – based on the recent communication from KitchenAid – that KitchenAid recently stopped selling the “burnished” (uncoated bare metal) standard attachments – but they are still available for purchase on Amazon – image below: https://amzn.to/3VB8NZe.]
- Most consumers cannot initially (prior to use) tell the difference between the burnished Aluminum and Stainless Steel options and often assume burnished Aluminum is Stainless Steel.
- Testing done by Lead Safe Mama, LLC (beginning in 2009) – on both new and vintage (20 years old or older) – KitchenAid stand mixer attachments has demonstrated that virtually all of these standard (Cast Aluminum – burnished or nylon coated) KitchenAid brand stand mixer attachments are Lead-contaminated [We have only ever come across one single “non-detect” reading for Lead, having tested several hundred examples].
- This is for ALL YEARS of manufacture and ALL MODELS of KitchenAid Stand Mixers, as well as ALL KitchenAid stand mixer attachments (not just the standard three).
- This includes attachments sold in 2022 (link with details – including video showing testing of new paddle purchased in December of 2022).
- Only KitchenAid brand attachments that were/are expressly marketed and sold by KitchenAid as “Stainless Steel” (which is- again – an optional upgrade, in most cases) are not made of Lead-contaminated Cast Aluminum.
- Note: even the standard Whisk attachment (which has a stainless steel body of the whisk) has a top attachment point – where it attaches to the mixer – which is still (a separate piece made of) Lead-contaminated Cast Aluminum — unless you have purchased the all-Stainless Steel “upgrade”.
- This is what the Stainless Steel “upgrade” set looks like when new:
- The burnished (uncoated) paddles may leave gray streaks in your batter. It is very possible (and highly likely) that this is causing at least some Lead contamination of your batter (given the Lead levels typically found in the burnished paddles) – in spite of the fact that KitchenAid states it is “not harmful” – see screenshot below. I haven’t yet done any dust-wipe sampling of the burnished paddles, but I will add that to my to-do list, to see if we can support these concerns with some additional science! Screenshot below was taken from KitchenAid’s site 12/26/22.
- The nylon coating on the gray and white attachments often chips, leaving the bare Lead-contaminated Aluminum showing and creating the opportunity for that bare Lead-contaminated aluminum to come into contact with your food (creating a similar concern to that of using the bare burnished paddles.)
- These stand mixers are sold with a Prop 65 warning for cancer and reproductive harm (this s a screenshot from their website on 12/26/22);
1.B.) Greenwashing and Action from KitchenAid
- Since I first reported on this issue in depth (in 2014), KitchenAid representatives have responded with three types of responses:
- Denial / Gaslighting: “Our products are safe and have no Lead.”
- Deflection / victim blaming: “Our products meet FDA requirements and if you treat them well (and hand wash them and keep them in good shape) there will be no concern.”
- Admission – along with a caveat / more victim-blaming: “Our products may test positive for Lead at very low levels, but there is no concern — if you take care of them and they aren’t chipped.”
- Below are some comments shared with me by readers this month:
- With the most recent round of outrage on social media over the past couple of weeks (December 2022), KitchenAid “got their legal team involved” and issued the statement (below – section #5) which I will discuss in detail below, as well.
- More important than their greenwashing “official statement” is the fact that they are now replacing some (or all three) Lead contaminated standard attachments for customers who ask. HUNDREDS of Lead Safe Mama readers have been in touch with me over the past couple of weeks and have either received a single free attachment replacement (Lead-free / Stainless “upgrade”) OR a full replacement set of the three standard attachments. This is significant — because it is a tacit acknowledgement that the concern is legitimate (WHY would they be replacing these standard paddles with the “upgrade” to Lead-free Stainless Steel if the concern for Lead in their standard paddles were not legitimate?)
- Given Lead Safe Mama, LLC has still not heard from the company (either with a dumb “cease and desist” letter from their attorneys, or a more polite “Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention!”), it would appear that their new remedy for folks who call in with this concern is to offer replacement paddles. This is EXCELLENT, as this response is what has the most integrity under the current circumstances.
- IF you have an older set (or even a new non-Stainless set) I do encourage you to call their customer service number (it is actually printed on some of the machines these days – see image below!) and (based on the image below) appears to be USA: 1-800-541-6390 or CANADA: 1-800-461-5681. UPDATE: A Lead Safe Mama Reader informed me (12/27) that KitchenAid has set up a separate number just to deal with this concern. That number is: 866-698-2538 (so you may want to try that first!)
- Ask for a replacement set because you understand your set is made from Lead-contaminated Cast Aluminum (an example script & text for you to use for your call or e-mail are below.)
The main thing to understand right now is that IF their attachments were Lead-free (and IF they were without risk) KitchenAid would NOT be offering one or more free replacements to Lead Safe Mama readers. Free Stainless Steel replacements is a great place to start — but they need to do more than that; they are trying to do damage control, but they also need to clearly acknowledge their past mistakes and discontinue – and issue a warning about – the Lead-contaminated Cast-Aluminum accessories they have been selling for decades!
Section #2) Will the Lead contamination of these mixer attachments poison me and my family?
2.A.) No Safe Level
First one must understand the there is no safe level of Lead exposure. All U.S. Federal Agencies (CDC, EPA, USDA, FDA, etc.) are in agreement [with the science – that conclusively established, many years ago] that there is no safe level of Lead exposure for human beings — especially for children. It is also common knowledge in the scientific and medical communities that, due to Lead’s extreme neurotoxicity, it literally just takes a microscopic amount of Lead exposure to poison a child. Here are some links related to this:
- How much Lead it takes to poison a child
- The impacts of low-level (trace) Lead exposure on a child
- Symptoms of Lead exposure in adults
- Symptoms of Lead exposure in children
- Impacts of trace Lead exposure on women of childbearing age
2.B.) How much Lead is “too much” Lead?
With the above context, it is also important to understand that kitchenware (and most home goods / dishes / furniture, etc.) are not regulated for total Lead content [that is easily-detectable with an XRF instrument — which is the type of consumer goods testing that we do here at Lead Safe Mama, LLC – link with details on the testing we do]. The total content regulations for Lead (regulations that separately limit both how much Lead can be present in the substrate, and the surface coating of an item, respectively) only apply to items expressly sold and marketed as items “intended for use by children“.
Kitchenware items (including these KitchenAid mixing paddles) are exempt from that standard — because they are not expressly sold as items intended for use by children (they are not for instance, a toy, or a piece of jewelry, or clothing made explicitly for use by children). U.S. Federal regulatory agencies do not consider dishware and cookware to be “items intended for use by children”, and therefore they are not currently subject to any regulatory limits for total Lead content.
IF these items WERE considered as items for use by children, the following regulatory Lead content limits would apply: substrates would not be allowed to have more than 100 ppm Lead, and paint or coatings would not be allowed to have more than 90 ppm Lead. Most of the KitchenAid Mixer attachments I have tested have had levels FAR IN EXCESS OF 100ppm Lead (see section #4 below for some specific test results as they relate to the 100 ppm safety threshold).
2.C.) But KIDS DO use these things!
The elephant in the room here is that OF COURSE kids use these things! We all know kids use these things! When you buy an heirloom-quality appliance for your home and your family you expect (especially from a high-quality brand like KitchenAid – a brand that ostensibly has a good reputation) it to be safe for EVERYONE in the family – by ALL standards (not just for standards that apply to use by adults). On top of that (and as a foundation for my upcoming CPSC violation report that I intend to file this week for these products), KitchenAid’s own marketing materials DO deliberately, expressly imply that these are safe for use by children — and intentionally strongly promote their use by children (see images below)! Please check out all these images from KitchenAid’s Instagram page (all of these screenshots were taken from the company’s Instagram page on December 13, 2022):
2.D.) “But is there an actual risk to my children (or grandchildren)?”
- [Aside from acute-exposure risks], the concern for Lead exposure is not about our exposure to trace amounts from any one source.
- The concern for Lead exposure is about what our total body burden might be as a result of aggregate cumulative exposure – from all sources, over the course of our lifetime.
- This is because the impacts of Lead exposure on the body are cumulative; Lead builds up in the body over time by bio-mimicking Calcium, and Lead is not easily excreted. Scientists tell us that 90% of all the Lead that has ever been in a human being’s body is (and will forever be) still in the body — incorporated into permanent structures (in the place of Calcium!).
- As a result, we need to avoid ALL potential exposure sources — especially sources that might cause the ingestion of Lead with our food and particularly sources we can control (since, unfortunately, some sources of Lead exposure are out of our control).
- We also have a right to demand that all kitchenware (everything we use to prepare, cook, and serve our food) be Lead-free. Please read this article about the impact of aggregate exposure over time.
- Separately, since we cannot simply trust manufacturers to make Lead-free products, we need to be aware that current U.S. regulatory standards (that are in place to ensure the safety of products that may come into contact with our food) only regulate those items for any leaching of Lead at the time of manufacture. What this means is that something that was determined to be “food-safe” at the time of manufacture may not be food-safe in 5, 10, or 20 years — once a coating begins to wear (as it does with these KitchenAid attachments). You can read more about that here.
- Lastly, KitchenAid has apparently (quietly) discontinued the manufacture (and sale) of their non–coated bare-metal (“burnished”) attachments. As far as I know, no recall was made for these products. The reason these products were especially concerning is that countless readers reported to me that the burnished attachments left gray streaks (traces of the surface deterioration of the metal) in the dough they were mixing in their KitchenAid mixer. To me what this indicates is that some of the Lead-contaminated metal may have, in fact, been wearing off into the food — and this may be the likely reason that KitchenAid discontinued the product (but again, no recall was issued — because it is ostensibly not an item “intended for use by children” and, as such, was not illegal) — on top of that, anyone who has had one of the coated versions of these accessories for a long time will tell you that the nylon coating has definitely chipped (leaving the uncoated, bare, Lead-contaminated cast aluminum substrate exposed to interact with the food you are mixing- resulting in the same concern as with the burnished versions).
All of these factors (detailed above) support the conclusion that there is a definite potential exposure risk with these products. Given so many other potential sources of Lead in our lives, the potential exposure from using something like this (even on a daily basis) may not be measurable as something we can necessarily isolate and quantify. That said, I would not rule it out as a potential “hidden” exposure source, for example – in a family where one or more members have tested positive for Lead, and they have been struggling to identify the Lead-exposure source(s). If such a family cooks with one of these often (especially with the uncoated burnished paddles), and has already eliminated all the other known or suspected sources of Lead exposure in their environment — it is definitely a likely/potential contributing factor.
If you have one of these, and you use it on a regular basis, and IF you and your family have not gotten Blood Lead Level (BLL) tests done by your doctor recently – I think it would be prudent to get tested (here’s a link with more information about that). Do I expect that you will test positive for Lead (using a traditional Blood Lead Level test at a doctor’s office) if this is your only expected exposure source? No, I do not. If this is your ONLY exposure source, and you don’t use your KitchenAid mixer on a regular basis, it is unlikely you will test positive with a BLL test — but it is still a good idea to rule that out.
Please also understand the following: Your BLL does not need to be high enough to be measurable on a typical BLL test in order to potentially cause harm. A scientific study was done of women of childbearing age that clearly demonstrated that BLL’s as low as 0.43 µ/dL (“micrograms-per-deciliter”) can cause fertility issues and birth complications (link here) — and most BLL tests done at your doctor’s office have a low threshold of detection of 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0µ/dL.
So my takeaway advice here:
- You are not likely to be “Lead-poisoned” from using this — but the use of this product may have contributed to your total body burden of Lead (which is obviously not a good thing).
- Stop using your Aluminum attachments immediately,
- Call KitchenAid and demand Lead-free replacements (script/sample email below),
- Get a Blood Lead Level test for everyone in the family, if you have not done that recently (it’s always good to establish a “baseline” — in case you ever suspect an exposure in the future),
- For good measure – perhaps increase your garlic intake. [Please read this article – link, which has several linked scientific studies that demonstrated that garlic is as effective as (or more effective than) any other detox methods – including even chemical chelation that acutely Lead-poisoned children may undergo in the hospital].
Section #3) Some of the history of the issue (of Lead contamination in KitchenAid attachments)
I first discovered this issue around 2009, shortly after I started doing consumer goods testing. I subsequently first wrote about it in detail in 2014, and have linked that original article here. I have re-shared these articles every year – several times a year – to keep the awareness of the concern going. Then I learned about the stainless paddles (that were being sold as an “optional upgrade”), and I tested those [and found them to be Lead-free].
About three years ago (around the beginning of the pandemic), I learned that KitchenAid had created a scripted response for their customer service reps to read to Lead Safe Mama readers calling in with concerns. I saved a lot of screenshots from these conversations but never wrote up an article (due to the disruption and additional time demands the pandemic’s chaos imposed on our lives!) but they included various bizarre statements from KitchenAid reps including that my testing was “fraudulent” (um, no); that my test results “had been taken down from the Internet, because they had been disproven” (nope); and that I was “just a ‘blogger'” — and there was no science behind my “claims” (science is all we do here.) I did not bother responding to their ridiculous nonsense at the time, because I have had other more pressing priorities over the past three years (like working with families of poisoned children and filing reports to the CPSC on manufacturers violating Federal Lead regulations for consumer goods).
Fast forward to this month (December 2022) and a combination of factors came together to make a real storm happen, one that has appeared to generate some definite impact and change over at KitchenAid. Primarily the Lead Safe Mama Instagram page approached (and passed) 20,000 followers — as we were nearing Christmas and EVERYONE was baking (or thinking about baking, or planning on baking!). So when I shared the article on Instagram a couple of weeks ago (at the end of the week) and the post got a bunch of attention from the baking community (over the weekend), it likely led to KitchenAid receiving THOUSANDS of calls on Monday morning two weeks ago (December 12, 2022)!
- Given the level of consumer demand and outrage that went with this flurry of activity this year, Lead Safe Mama readers started reporting that KitchenAid was offering to replace their Lead-contaminated paddles free of charge (link here).
- After a handful of readers reported that they were offered FULL free stainless replacement sets (paddle, dough hook, and whisk) several readers then reported that KitchenAid was no longer offering full replacement sets, just 20% or 30% off coupons.
- After that several readers reported that they were offered a free stainless replacement for their most used paddle or hook (whichever that was) with a 20% or 30% coupon to buy the remainder (so KitchenAid turned this into a money-making strategy! Jerks!).
- Then again, over the last couple of days, I have heard that they have gone back to offering free full replacement sets (the stainless Lead-free options) to Lead Safe Mama readers who have been persistent yet polite in their requests.
That’s the story — so you MAY (or may not) be able to get free Lead-free replacements (the stainless steel set) if you call KitchenAid. Please note that they DO NOT have stainless replacements for ALL of their attachments (to go with all of their machines). Most of their attachments still only have the Lead-contaminated cast aluminum version. If you have (and use) those (like the meat grinder, etc.) please definitely consider stopping use for the time being and getting a Blood Lead Level test so you at least have a baseline to help guide your decisions moving forward. I will also start a petition to KitchenAid and you can sign on to that petition (I will link it here as soon as it is live) demanding that all of their attachments be made out of 100% Lead-free materials.
Section #4) All of the paddles and attachments (and other KitchenAid-related articles) including test results published here on LeadSafeMama.com. Each of the line items below is a LINK to a full article with images and test results for the item pictured.
- c. 1990s Vinyl Coated KitchenAid Fridge: 1,646 ppm Lead
- c. 1994 Kitchen Aid Paddles: 600 to 800 ppm Lead
- c. 2006 Dough Hook: 698 ppm Lead
- c. 2006 Burnished Metal Paddle: 644 ppm Lead
- c. 2007 KitchenAid Burnished Paddle: 607 ppm Lead
- c. 2010 Yellow Silicone KitchenAid Spatula: 970 ppm Lead
- c. 2014 KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachments — Original Overview
- c. 2014 KitchenAid Paddle: 333 ppm Lead
- c. 2015 KitchenAid Dough Hook: 315 ppm Lead
- 2019 Red Silicone KitchenAid Spatulas: 11 ppm Lead
- KitchenAid Burnished Paddle: 445 ppm Lead
- KitchenAid Whisk Attachment: 274 ppm Lead
- Black Ceramic Liner of KitchenAid Slow Cooker: 386 ppm Lead
Section #5) KitchenAid’s December 2022 public statement and response to these findings
Here is the text of the above KitchenAid response to these findings. The above image is a screenshot that was shared by a LeadSafeMama.com reader on 12/22/22:
@KitchenAidUSA commented: Throughout our 111-year history, Whirlpool Corporation has been committed to providing safe products for our consumers.
The company’s aluminum alloy stand mixer accessories, including beaters, dough hooks, and whisks, are tested through a third-party, independent laboratory to ensure they comply with all applicable regulations in the locations where they are sold regarding Lead content. They are safe for any family’s cooking needs.
In addition, all current models of Aluminum stand mixer accessories have a food-safe coating over the aluminum that is tested both for Lead content and Lead migration to ensure that it is safe for all consumers.
Section #6) Tamara Rubin’s response to KitchenAid’s public statement – above (Point by Point)
Their Statement (#1):
“Throughout our 111-year history, Whirlpool Corporation has been committed to providing safe products for our consumers.”
111 years ago, safety standards for kitchenware to protect consumers from Lead exposure were not yet in place — in fact, current regulatory standards still do not require that your products be Lead-free. Since you brought it up, let’s talk about your history: you manufacture durable, heirloom-quality kitchen appliances and other items that “last a lifetime” and are prized by cooks and found in a majority of well-appointed kitchens in this country. You have a reputation as being a company that is also concerned for our family’s health and well-being — yet you have a long track record of manufacturing Lead-contaminated products for use in our kitchens. From a metallic toxicants perspective, your company’s history, rather than setting a similarly high bar for excellence, is in fact, a shameful example of consistent “willful ignorance” / arrogant indifference — and gaslighting customers who contact you voicing concerns about the high Lead levels in your products!
There is no safe level of Lead exposure — and there is no excuse for your persistent practice of unapologetic manufacturing and selling kitchen products with unsafe levels of Lead in one or more components [refrigerators (link); silicone spatulas (link); crock pots (link); and stand mixer attachments (link)]. How can we possibly believe your statement (that you are “committed to providing safe products”) when you have an extensive history of blithely manufacturing and selling Lead-contaminated products? On top of that, you have known of my findings of Lead contamination in your KitchenAid stand mixer attachments for at least nine years, yet have done nothing to fix the problem (except perhaps capitalizing on the issue by SELLING a Lead-free stainless steel option as an “upgrade”), and NOTHING to alert the public of your past mistakes and any efforts you have made to remedy them.
Their Statement (#2):
“The company’s aluminum alloy stand mixer accessories, including beaters, dough hooks and whisks, are tested through a third-party, independent laboratory to ensure they comply with all applicable regulations in the locations where they are sold regarding Lead content.”
- Current applicable regulatory standards do not restrict you from manufacturing and selling Lead-contaminated products.
- The fact that your stand mixer attachments meet current – lax – U.S. regulatory standards — standards which science has repeatedly demonstrated are not protective of human health— is irrelevant.
- We expect MORE from you as a trusted brand that we have let into our homes for generations.
- I suspect an audit of your internal communications on this matter (compliance with all applicable regulations) might also provide some interesting insight, as it seems suspicious timing that you have stopped selling the burnished (bare metal) standard attachments AND you made a Lead-free alternative as an “upgrade” only after we (Lead Safe Mama, LLC) published our findings of Lead in your standard aluminum stand mixer attachments.
Their Statement (#3):
“They are safe for any family’s cooking needs.”
Current regulatory standards only guarantee some limited degree of safety of cookware products at the time of manufacture (meaning no leaching of any significant amount of Lead only when the product is new). These standards do not take into account the safety of heirloom quality products — i.e. that may be put in service in a family over time /across generations (with many decades of continual use.) Leach-testing standards only need to be met for any given product at the time of manufacture, and once an item has been used for 5 (or 10 or 20+) years a Lead contaminated item often will no longer meet the testing requirements it met when it was new. If those products contain significant levels of Lead contamination (as your cast Aluminum stand mixer attachments do), then the deterioration with use over time is likely to cause eventual leaching of Lead into food being prepared with these items.
Given this context, there is no defensible reason for KitchenAid to be selling Lead-contaminated kitchenware in 2022 (almost 2023) — especially with a near-$500 price tag… and especially given KitchenAid has an (obviously misplaced) reputation for being an ethical, reputable company, that cares about their customers.
Given you failed to take these recent actions (sensible, practical responses to the dangerous risks inherent in their Lead-contaminated counterparts) until customer awareness and pressure to act evidently rose to levels that you could no longer simply completely ignore — your language expressing the company’s “commitment to providing safe products for our customers” seems solidly in the realm of “disingenuous”, as it is belied by your actions — which appear to be, at best, reactive rather than proactive.
Their Statement (#4):
“In addition, all current models of Aluminum stand mixer accessories have a food-safe coating over the Aluminum that is tested both for Lead content and Lead migration to ensure that it is safe for all consumers.”
Welp, no!… ummm… have you SEEN your paddles after regular use by most families?! Poll any 20 random families who own your products (and who have had them in service for 5 years or longer), and I would bet that the coating on at least 18 of those families’ paddles is chipped and deteriorating — exposing the Lead-contaminated surface of the attachment to the food being prepared in the mixer. I’m frankly astonished that you would even mention this consideration, given the level of deterioration I have consistently seen – across the board – of the coatings applied to your paddles. This also begs the issue of the considerably more troubling fact that for many years you sold totally uncoated paddles — your “burnished finish“…which you quietly stopped selling (but which still can be found in limited quantities on Amazon as of 12/27/22) after spending years blaming the users for the fact that these “burnished” paddles left gray streaks in their food!. I think the time is now to have some independent scientific testing done on the potential for Lead-contamination of food being prepared with those burnished paddles…especially since you never issued a recall of those uncoated, significantly-Lead-contaminated paddles — and never even issued a public statement about the potential for concern,
Section #7) A communication template for you to use in reaching out to KitchenAid to request replacement paddles (the graphic is followed by the text in a format that you should be able to copy and paste and customize).
I am a long-time customer. I purchased [or was gifted] a KitchenAid stand mixer in ____ (year), and have been using it regularly to cook for my family [children; grandchildren] since then.
I recently learned that independent scientific testing [conducted by a multi-federal-award-winning advocate for Lead-poisoning prevention, who is an expert on the subject of Lead in consumer goods] has definitively demonstrated that KitchenAid’s cast aluminum (nylon-coated or burnished) paddles and attachments that come with the stand mixers consistently test positive for unsafe levels of Lead — at levels so high that they would in fact be blatantly illegal if that much Lead were detected in any item manufactured and marketed today as an item“intended for use by children“!]
Well, my children (and /or grandchildren) use this mixer with me on a regular basis; I feed my family food made in this mixer — and I am not comfortable with the fact that your attachments are made of Lead-contaminated aluminum and that this was not disclosed on the packaging when I purchased my mixer. If I had known this at the time of purchase, I certainly would not have chosen this KitchenAid product for my family.
All Federal agencies agree that there is no safe level of Lead exposure for children — and that even a microscopic amount of Lead-exposure can cause harm (including neurological damage, and fertility impacts – including birth complications and infertility).
I also understand you make a Lead-free stainless steel alternative to your Lead-contaminated attachments, and I am calling at this time to request:
- that KitchenAid stop selling Lead-contaminated products to unsuspecting young families &
- that you send me a free set of the Lead-free stainless steel attachments to replace the Lead-contaminated ones that came with my mixer (as I understand you have been doing for many others calling in/writing in with the same concern).
Mom/ Grandma/ Auntie/ Dad (your official title in the family!)