Wednesday — January 11, 2023
Hello! The images below are the full-text thread of my communication with the owner of Cupkin (Max), to date. There is some overlap in the images intentionally so you can follow the thread. I have also embedded the referenced video (you see a screenshot of it) with me testing the cups and the referenced letter from Cupkin (sent out to customers) the day after I reported that the cups had Lead (the letter which I was disappointed to receive in light of my findings of high levels of Lead in their cups. My second to last text in this thread is a bit of a doozy, too!) Note: Just to avoid some concern and questions… #1) the phone number for Max is his published text number for the company (not a private number, and #2) my address and phone number are also publicly available.
Three emails as well.
Below, the text thread are the three emails that were exchanged between us to date. One of those includes Cupkin’s full 22-page certification report that they used to “confirm” that their (highly Lead-contaminated) cups were Lead-free. That report is also linked below between the emails. The main concern/point to note is that (if we are to take Max at his word, which I have no reason not to at this point) the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accredited lab(s) that certified his product as Lead-free failed in their task. This failure of the system is on top of his suppliers obviously lying to him about using Lead-free materials to seal the vacuum for these insulated children’s cups. The situation as it stands with Cupkin shines a glaring spotlight on what we can only conclude are obvious gaps/faults/deficiencies/failings in the CPSC’s accreditation of labs and therefore also leads one to wonder about the potential gaps in the CPSC’s own direct assessments of products (specifically their work determining if products are Lead-free and therefore safe for use by infants, toddlers, and other children). This situation is the tip of a very large iceberg — illustrating how important the work we do here at Lead Safe Mama, LLC is as an independent consumer goods watchdog (holding both industry and government accountable).
Here is the video that you a screenshot of in the image above (continue reading below the video)
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In the screenshot of the text thread below there is a letter sent out by Cupkin – here that is full sized so you can read it. Continue reading below this letter.
There are also three emails that were exchanged: