Archive | 2014

MerchSource Magnetic Tiles Game Pieces Toy Lead Safe Mama 5

Discovery Kids 2017 DCL “MerchSource” Magnetic Tile Toys: 18 +/- 2 ppm Arsenic (in the metal hollow rivets.)

When tested with an XRF instrument, the metal hollow rivets on these MerchSource MagnaTile® knockoffs (by Discovery Toys / DiscoveryKids) are positive for Arsenic. This is consistent with all magnetic tile toys of this nature that I have tested (all of the different off-brand versions of these toys — I have not yet tested the […]

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Ikea Stainless Steel Spoon 224 22 Lead Safe Mama 3

Ikea Stainless Steel 430-40 Spoon 224 22, c.2014: Lead Free

These spoons are VERY LOW Nickel! Note: I generally never have a concern about stainless steel items containing any lead (unless they are not a single component item.) See this post for more about that. Below are the XRF test results for a stainless steel spoon from Ikea. Note: The light in these images make […]

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Ikea Stainless Steel Made In China Fork Lead Safe Mama 1

Stainless Steel 430-40 Ikea Fork, c.2014: Lead Free

Below are the XRF test results for a stainless steel fork from Ikea. Related: #AskTamara: What do you use to test for lead? Related: #AskTamara: What is stainless steel? Please start by understanding the following takeaways: Stainless steel by itself (undecorated, solid stainless steel) IF it is truly stainless steel should not have any lead. […]

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2012 Blue Mardi Gras Beads from New Orleans Lead Safe Mama

2012 Blue Mardi Gras Beads: 15,800 ppm Lead (Pb) [90 ppm and up is unsafe for kids!]

Blue Metallic Plastic Mardi Gras Beads. When filming for my documentary in New Orleans in February of 2012 we collected quite a few sets of Mardi Gras beads, including this set. When tested with an XRF instrument the blue plastic beads pictured had the following readings: Lead (Pb): 15,800 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 2,028 ppm [This […]

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Golden Mardi Gras Beads From 2014 Charleston Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

2014 Golden Mardi Gras Beads; 1,127 ppm Lead (Pb)- [90 ppm and up is unsafe for kids!]

Gold Plastic Mardi Gras Beads. In 2014 I did an outreach event at the Charleston Children’s Museum and did XRF testing of consumer goods for folks who came to the museum that day. A nanny came up to my table pushing a toddler in her stroller and I noticed the toddler had these beads around […]

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Starbucks Ceramic Espresso Mug 2014 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#LeadFree: White Starbucks Espresso Mug, c. 2014

This small white Starbucks espresso mug was tested with an XRF instrument in June of 2014 and was negative for lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) and arsenic (As.) The year of manufacture of this piece is unknown, but it was fairly new at the time it was tested (sorry I did not think to […]

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Zak Designs Made In China Elsa Ceramic Coffee Mug 1

2014 Zak Designs Frozen Anna & Elsa Mug: 8,834 ppm Lead (90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe for children.)

When tested with an XRF instrument this 2014 “zak! designs” Anna & Elsa Mug from Disney’s animated film Frozen tested positive for Lead (Pb) at 8,834 ppm. The amount of lead that is considered toxic (and illegal) in a modern item made and intended to be used by children is anything 90 ppm lead or […]

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2014 Enamelware Metal Mug, “I Garden” (Purchased at New Seasons Market): 15,000 ppm Lead

This enamelware mug was purchased around 2014 at New Seasons Market in Portland, Oregon. When tested with an XRF instrument the exterior was positive for 15,000 ppm Lead. There is no mark or maker noted on this mug. For context: the amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a modern/newly manufactured item intended for […]

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Article Series: Loaded With Lead, Seattle Times – October 2014

“Lead poisoning is a major threat at America’s shooting ranges, perpetuated by owners who’ve repeatedly violated laws even after workers have fallen painfully ill.” From the article: “A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed. A conservation volunteer in Iowa lost feeling in his hands and feet. A 5-year-old girl in South […]

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#LeadFree: New (2014) Duralex Gigogne Ice Cream Cups

These Duralex Gigogne colored glass ice cream cups (Made in France!) were shipped to me new in 2014 (sent to me for testing directly by the manufacturer).  Each color tested negative for lead, mercury, and arsenic when tested with an XRF instrument. Here is my Amazon affiliate link* to these exact dishes! As always, please […]

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