For those new to this website:
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).
December 26, 2022 — Monday
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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 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 who are calling-in/writing-in with the same concern).
Mom/ Grandma/ Auntie/ Dad (your official title in the family!)