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January 22, 2023 — Sunday
The following letter has been written to use with a Change.org petition demanding that KitchenAid stop manufacturing and selling Lead-contaminated products. The link to sign the petition is HERE. Some of the supporting documentation for this petition (previous articles published here on LeadSafeMama.com can be found using the links below).
- Post with a video showing Lead Safe Mama testing a KitchenAid Paddle — purchased new at Walmart in December 2022 (positive for Lead).
- A 2017 Lead Safe Mama, LLC article with Lead levels for several different paddles.
- A comprehensive overview article linking to all other Lead Safe Mama articles with test results for these products — from December 2022.
- Our response to KitchenAid’s boilerplate denial (“Throughout our 111-year history, Whirlpool …”) to customers.
- A template for customers to use when calling KitchenAid to request (demand) Lead-free replacement parts.
Petition Letter to KitchenAid
Dear KitchenAid (& parent company Whirlpool),
Continue reading below the KitchenAid promotional image
captured from their Instagram profile in December 2022.
- You cease using Lead-contaminated Aluminum substrates in all of your food-contact mixer attachments.
- You manufacture and offer free replacement attachments for anyone requesting them — 100% free of Lead in both the substrates and coatings. Since you already are manufacturing several Lead-free options — making them available as an “upgrade” in Stainless Steel — it seems it should be (relatively) simple for you to extend the same manufacturing standards to all of your attachments.
- You issue a formal and public recall for all “burnished metal” and uncoated aluminum attachments for all models now and in the past, and for all attachments for which the plastic (nylon) coating has chipped or deteriorated in any way.
- You offer free replacement of Lead-contaminated electrical cords for your stand mixers (and you note and publish what year you stopped using Lead in your electrical cords). With this, you also issue a public statement that thorough hand washing should be employed (before preparing food and after touching the older Lead-contaminated or newer Antimony-contaminated power cords).
- You issue a public statement warning consumers that the trend of sanding and repainting the enamel bodies of these stand mixers is dangerous because of the historic levels of Lead in your vintage enamels (and with that, you publish what year you stopped using Lead in your enamels).
- Separate from the KitchenAid stand mixer considerations, you issue a formal public recall for your highly Lead-contaminated banana yellow silicone spatula (link) and any other Lead-contaminated silicone baking products (or other Lead-contaminated products) you may have manufactured that one could reasonably expect a family to use with their children in preparing meals.
We trusted you.
We want to be able to trust you again.
Your name here!
[Please personalize this letter as you see fit — including sharing a personal story if you have one.]
~ End Petition Letter ~
Introduction: 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).