Updated: May 24, 2023 – Monday
Below are all of the items Lead Safe Mama, LLC tested and then professionally photographed for the Lead Safe Mama New York City Subway PSA Campaign. Not all items were used in a printed panel on the New York City Subway, but each of these items did test positive for high levels of Lead (and some also for Cadmium, Arsenic, Antimony, and Mercury) using XRF Technology. We chose these items to feature in this Lead Safe Mama, LLC New York City Subway PSA campaign as most people will recognize one or more of these products as something they have personally owned or as something someone in their family may own.
Click any of the images below to read about the Lead levels and concerns for the particular time pictured.
Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a multiple-federal award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children (her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005). Since 2009, Tamara has been using 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. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
Each of the images below is a link to a specific article about the products pictured in the image.
The pieces related to this campaign include:
- Lead-painted short baby bottles
- Lead-painted tall baby bottles
- Dishes with high-Lead glaze
- Lead-painted cartoon character (collectible) glassware
- Press Inquiries page
- Test results for all items pictured in the campaign
- Article with in-depth discussion as to why we have decided to undertake this as a PSA Campaign with printed panels in the NYC Subway