March 21, 2023 – Tuesday
CHILDREN’S PRODUCT RECALL (Lead Poisoning Risk):
Insulated Stainless Steel Children’s Cups Manufactured by Cupkin — all years of production
The Lead Safe Mama, LLC parent advocacy community, an international group of parents fighting for childhood Lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety — especially in products manufactured for use by children, was responsible for their second Lead-contaminated product recall this calendar year (2023).
Product Recalled: Stainless Steel Insulated [Lead-contaminated] Cupkin-brand children’s cups for which the manufacturer (Cupkin, based in Washington State) published a voluntary recall notice on their website around March 20, 2023.
This is the third Lead-contaminated children’s feeding product that the Lead Safe Mama, LLC community successfully pursued a recall for in the past 12 months. The other two products were NUK-brand glass baby bottles (Lead paint hazard, CPSC recalled in June 2022) and Green Sprouts insulated stainless steel baby bottles (insulated sealing dot hazard, in November 2022).
Lead Safe Mama, LLC is a woman-owned small business based in Portland, Oregon with a unique business model in which the readership of the LeadSafeMama.com website both directs (helps choose) which products undergo tests and also helps cover the cost of that independent testing. Lead Safe Mama, LLC uses the same XRF technology employed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to screen consumer goods for metallic toxicants (heavy metals) including Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury, and Antimony.
The first Lead Safe Mama, LLC initiated product recall since 2023 was in February for the Bindle Bottle insulated stainless water bottle (known from “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list). The concern for the hazardous nature of this product was first reported on LeadSafeMama.com in November 2018.
Lead Safe Mama, LLC has reported many other products to the CPSC after finding they posed Lead hazards (or illegal levels of Lead). Most of the products Lead Safe Mama, LLC has found to contain unsafe levels of Lead have yet to be recalled by the CPSC. These products include Lead painted baby bottles and children’s feeding products currently — as of 2023, or at some point in 2022 — manufactured or sold by Lansinoh, Nuk, Pigeon, Tabor Place, WeeSprout, and others. We encourage the public to follow the work of Lead Safe Mama, LLC if they want to know about product recalls (specifically for products with unsafe levels of Lead) months, or sometimes years before the CPSC formally issues a recall.
Important to note regarding the current Cupkin product recall: this recall does not include the 20 oz cup manufactured by this company, although Lead Safe Mama, LLC is petitioning that the CPSC add the 20 oz Cupkin cups in the recall as well.
The history and details for each of these recalls (including products reported on by Lead Safe Mama, LLC that have not yet been formally recalled) can be found on LeadSafeMama.com by typing a product’s brand name in the search bar at the top of any page on the website.
For additional information please contact:
Tamara Elise Rubin
Owner, Lead Safe Mama, LLC
or text 415-609-3182 to set up a call
Supporting Links for this Story
- Cupkin Communications & posts:
- January 8, 2023 – original article
- January 9, 2023 – video response from Cupkin Owner, Max
- January 11, 2023 – full text thread with owner of Cupkin, to date
- January 14, 2023 – follow-up (in-person meeting) with Cupkin Owner
- February 11, 2023 – follow-up exchange with Cupkin Owner
- March 20, 2023 – recall announcement with detailed criticism
- Lead Safe Mama, LLC “About” page
- Lead Safe Mama, LLC “Press” page