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January 22, 2023 – Sunday
The following letter has been written to use with a Change.org petition demanding KitchenAid stop manufacturing and seeing Lead-contaminated products. The link to sign the petition is HERE. Some of the supporting documentation for this petition (previous articles published here at LeadSafeMama.com can be found on the links below.
- Post with video showing testing of KitchenAid Paddle – purchased new at Walmart in December of 2022 (positive for Lead).
- 2017 Lead Safe Mama, LLC Article with Lead Levels for several different paddles
- Comprehensive Overview Article -including links to all Lead Safe Mama articles with test results for these products – from December of 2022
- Response to KitchenAid’s Boilerplate Denial Response (“Throughout our 111-year history, Whirlpool…”) to customers
- Template for customers to use in 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 of 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 substates and coatings. Since you already are manufacturing several Lead-free options – making them available as an “upgrade” in Stainless Steel, it seems that 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 Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety, and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children. Tamara’s sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in August of 2005. She began testing consumer goods for toxicants in 2009 and was the parent-advocate responsible for finding Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys in 2017. This year , her work was also responsible for three CPSC product recalls — the Jumping Jumperoo recall (June, 2022); the Lead painted NUK baby bottle recall (July, 2022); and the Leaded Green Sprouts Insulated Stainless Steel Baby Bottles (November, 2022) — and she was recently featured in an NPR story about Lead in consumer goods (August, 2022); The Guardian (December, 2022); and an upcoming article in Consumer Reports (anticipated publishing date: February, 2023). Tamara uses 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 tested and reported on. Please click through to this link to learn more about the testing methodology used for the test results discussed and reported on this website.
My mom purchased one of these in white around 20 years ago. Does the white color contain as much lead as the other colors?
Jackie W says
I wish I had known about this sooner. I do thank you for fighting for those who are unaware.
Because I found your instagram, through another user, and your website, my family and I have have gotten rid of most of our ‘possibly’ leaded and other heavy metaled food storage and cooking utensils. I was also able to get Kitchen Aid to send me, free of charge btw, a new set of their STAINLESS STEEL dough hook, whisk and mixing blade attatchments.
Good luck fighting the good fight.
That’s amazing that they replaced them for free! Did you have to say anything specific?
Jackie W says
All I did was tell them I am having 3rd party testing done and I would not accept the party line nor accept the 20% discount. When that failed, I asked to speak with a manager. Yes, I went all “Karen” but I think protecting your health warrants it.
Stacy Aliberti says
Wow we have one in our kitchen. I’m appalled
I was shocked to learn this. My mother made hundred of cakes with her mixer that I now have.
I will not be using it again until attachments have been replaced by the company.