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Whole Foods 365 Brand Almond Butter in a Plastic Jar 1 Lead Safe Mama c

Plastic Jar for “365” Whole Foods Brand Almond Butter: 195 ppm Antimony

This post is a companion post to several other pieces published earlier. For background and context, please read the two other posts. The overall focus of these posts is that I advise avoiding purchasing nut-butters packaged in plastic jars. To see all of the related posts, click here. Below are the XRF test results for the […]

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Starbucks 2018 Reusable Red Holiday Cup Toxicity Testing Lead Safe Mama 2

Does the 2018 Starbucks reusable holiday cup test positive for any “nasties”?

If you have been following my work for a while you know that I have found several Starbucks branded cups and mugs to be positive for high levels of Lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd) in the past. To see more Starbucks cups & mugs I have tested, Click Here. Therefore I was not surprised today, […]

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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)

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)

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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Made in China Plastic Doctor Toy Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

XRFTesting: Plastic Doctor Toy Purchased On Amazon in 2018

XRF Test Results for: Plastic Doctor Toys Purchased On Amazon in 2018 Here is my Amazon affiliate link for this toy set.* Words printed on Stethoscope: “Made In China” and “Dongguan”. No other mark or brand info printed on toy. Tests were done without disassembling toy, so results are accurate taking that consideration into account […]

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#Arsenic: Vintage Popeye & Olive Oyl Baby Rattle

When I tested this vintage plastic Popeye and Olive Oyl rattle I was CERTAIN it would be positive for high levels of lead, but I was wrong! No lead at all, not a trace in any component. Unfortunately it does not have a year of manufacture or maker’s mark on it, but based on other […]

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Plastic Vintage “Grumpy” Plastic Disney Mug: 449 ppm Lead (90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe for kids.)

This vintage plastic cup from Disney – with a picture of Grumpy the dwarf on it – is positive for Lead both in the plastic and in the paint for the Grumpy design.   This yellow mug had the following XRF readings: The plain yellow plastic part of the cup: Lead (Pb): 387 +/- 22 […]

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#LeadSafe; 1980 Fisher Price Airport

1980 Fisher Price Airport. All components tested. The only component on this toy that was positive for lead was (ironically) the black gas valve (on the gas pump at the back of the toy)! This piece was low lead (even safe by today’s standards!) at 28 +/- 7 ppm lead (Pb.) The amount of lead […]

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#Leaded: 1980 Vintage Fisher Price / Quaker Oats Airport and Plane

Yes it’s hard for some of us to believe that 1980 was 37 years ago! And that 1980 is considered vintage – but let’s set that aside for a moment. 🙂 Each of these items is positive for lead and/or cadmium.  Some at very low levels and others at high levels. Because there are so […]

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#Leaded (Unexpectedly!) Magnet Stick & Ball Toy

This is a yard sale find toy, so the year and brand are not known.  Important to note there are two different types of metal balls in this set. The balls are not magnetic (only the sticks are magnetic.) The grayish/dull metal balls are lead-free. The plastic sticks with magnets on each end are lead-free. […]

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