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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 four sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005).
- Tamara owns and runs Lead Safe Mama, LLC — a unique community collaborative woman-owned small business for childhood Lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety.
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October 3, 2023 — Tuesday
Yesterday I did a training for the City of Columbus (Ohio) Department of Public Health staff. The training was specifically an opportunity for me to teach the staff of the City’s Department of Public Health about the concern for Lead in consumer goods — with a focus on consumer goods that might contribute to persistent elevated Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) in children at lower levels (in the BLL range of 2 to 5 micrograms of Lead per deciliter of blood).
In that presentation, I shared many examples of Lead-contaminated baby bottles. One of the examples of Lead-contaminated baby bottles I shared was a Lead-contaminated Pura Kiki Insulated Stainless Steel Baby Bottle (purchased in 2018 — to have on hand as evidence for just this sort of eventuality — and still in “new condition,” in the original box [with the Made Safe Certification on the label], showing how the bottom popped off and exposed a significant amount of Lead).
During the training (which was also specifically training for using XRF instrumentation to test for hazards in consumer goods), one of the participants used his XRF instrument to test the bottle (which I had passed around the room so participants could examine it closely) and he (as anticipated) came up with reading in the range of 500,000 to 600,000 ppm Lead (50 to 60% Lead) in the exposed “sealing dot” in the center of the bottom of the bottle. You can see what a sealing dot looks like here on this link if you are unfamiliar with the concern.
It was sort of ironic then (and a bit amusing actually — largely because I have developed an odd sense of humor over the years, after having received so many threats from companies) that TODAY (of all days) I opened my email and received a CEASE AND DESIST letter from Pura Stainless’s attorneys in response to my August 2023 filing of a violation report with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (for the Lead-contaminated version of these products that were sold through at least early 2018). You can read their cease and desist letter below, followed by my initial response. I have also shared my second (and third) email response(s) to them after — just scroll down — some follow-up thoughts I had from writing the first response.
It is particularly amusing to me (I am always sort of amused by these corporate attempts at denying facts, and asking me to retract fact-based statements on my website) that this letter was sent this week — the first week of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Month. WAY TO GO PURA — denying culpability for a Lead-contaminated product that is still in use and in the hands of children today (and was never recalled) during Lead Poisoning Prevention Month takes a certain amount of “chutzpah” (for lack of a better word to use in mixed company!).
Lead Safe Mama, LLC
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The full subject line of their cover email (which is shown in a screenshot below) is: “Cease and Desist Letter re False and Misleading Statements About Pura Stainless, LLC Contained Media Posts by “Lead Safe Mama, LLC” – Letter from Bradley Chapin dated October 3, 2023”
Their Cover Email To Me
Scroll down for the full attached letter & my initial response
Their attached Cease & Desist letter is below
Full PDF can be found at this link
Scroll down for my initial response
& my second response
Here’s a screenshot of my initial response to this letter (when I first received it). My second response is below that (along with a text version of the second response with a few minor typos corrected for readability), and I will include my third response shortly here as well.
To read the response below (my second response to Pura’s attorneys) click the image to see it full size — or keep scrolling to read a text version (with minor typos corrected for readability). My third response is below this, too.
Text of the above letter (my second response to the legal team for Pura Stainless)
minor typos corrected for readability (correct typos are noted in red). Keep scrolling down to read my THIRD response to them tonight (below this one).
P.S. The fact of the matter is that Pura never issued a recall for these Lead-contaminated products and continued to sell them long after they were aware of the lead contamination in their products.
In 2022 a similar product was recalled by the CPSC (the Green Sprouts Insulated Stainless Baby Bottle). The presence of a high amount of Lead in the substrate, combined with the potential for product failure (in even one instance), was sufficient for the violation notice to be converted into a public recall for the product.
The statements in your cease and desist letter (stating that Pura reported to the CPSC in 2017) combined with the documented fact that Pura continued to sell the Lead contaminated version of the product through at least 2018, actually further supports our violation to report to the CPSC – so thank you so much for providing this information: that Pura even REPORTED the Lead issue to the CPSC yet still continued to sell Lead-contaminated product. Very interesting tidbit for you to have shared in “defense” of the unethical actions of this company.
To read the response below (my third response to Pura’s attorneys — my P.P.S.) check out the four overlapping screenshots below — or keep scrolling below those to read a text version of the same. Thank you for being here! Will upload the petition here and on social media soon.
Text of the above letter
(my third response to the legal team for Pura Stainless)
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