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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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Authentic Original Disney Parks Mug Made In Thailand Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

“Authentic Original” Disneyland Resort Mug: 129 ppm Lead in the Glaze. This is considered within a safe range.

This “Authentic Original” “Disney Parks” Disneyland Resort (c. 2017) Made In Thailand Mug tested positive for low lead (generally within a safe range for a mug) when tested with an XRF instrument. The reading for the decorative elements on the outside was 129 +/- 32 ppm Lead. Consumer goods are considered unsafe for use by […]

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Expert Gardener Light Duty Garden Hose Walmart Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin

#Leaded: Expert Gardener Light Duty Garden Hose New On Shelf (2017) In Walmart, Made In USA

This “Expert Gardener” “Light Duty” garden hose was tested new on the shelf in Walmart in 2017. Only the plastic part of the hose was tested and it was positive for lead (Pb) at 52 parts per million. 52 ppm lead is a relatively low level of lead, but I would still have concerns for […]

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2017 Walgreens Ceramic Santa Mug Lead Safe Mama 1

#LeadSafe: 2017 Walgreens Ceramic Christmas “Not Intended For Children” Santa Claus Mug (but Cadmium!)

This 2017 Santa Mug (which I personally purchased last holiday season from Walgreens in Milwaukie, Oregon, once I saw the label on the bottom – scroll down to see the pic!) was positive for lead and cadmium in the following levels: Red Glaze: Lead (Pb): 122 +/- 54 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 1,657 +/- 105 ppm […]

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2017 Stumptown Coffee Roasters Enameled Mug: 5,192 ppm Lead

Newer (2017) Stumptown Coffee Roasters Enameled Metal Mug. Tested with an XRF instrument. Positive for Lead at 5,192 ppm. The amount of lead that is considered toxic in a modern/newly manufactured item intended for children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint or coating. Mugs are not considered items intended for use […]

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New (2017) Brass Chanukah Menorah: 36,000 ppm Lead

This post is a Chanukah menorah buying guide (of sorts!), check out the lead-free options and please read about the concerns for leaded brass in general. This is a new brass menorah purchased in 2017 at New Season Market in Portland, Oregon. Made in India by Biedermann & Sons. To see more menorahs I have […]

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#AskTamara: Are New Fisher Price Mega Bloks Lead Free?

Below are the XRF test results for the new (2017) Fisher Price Mega Bloks pictured here. Lead (Pb): Negative / Non-Detect Mercury (Hg): Negative / Non-Detect Arsenic (As):  Negative / Non-Detect Cadmium (Cd): Negative / Non-Detect Tested with an XRF Instrument. All components were tested including each color block and all components of bag (zipper, […]

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New s%*t you can buy TODAY on Amazon that is intentionally made with lead….

Today in 2017 (almost 2018) things are being made and sold with high levels of toxic lead every single day! Think this is not true?  Check out the following products and links! [Please click on each of the product images to read the full details about each of these products!] I thought this would be […]

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2017 (?) Blue Hydro Flask

Newer (2017?) Hydro Flask. Tested in June of 2017. Lead Free! Newer Hydro Flasks (2017 and newer, based on what I have tested) seem to be consistently lead-free! In 2015/2016 Hydro Flask had offered to replace the older leaded products with a lead-free product, so it might be worth giving them a call to ask for […]

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#AskTamara: Does my fidget spinner have unsafe levels of lead? 31 answers in 90 seconds! (video)

#AskTamara Question: Does my child’s fidget spinner have unsafe levels of lead?  Answer: This video has 31 answers in just 90 seconds! [Scroll down to watch the video at the bottom of the post.] The video linked below shows the test results for 31 of the “fidget spinners” I tested (in no particular order), using an XRF […]

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