We recently became aware of the current situation unfolding around one of Green Sprouts sippy cups. If you haven't heard yet, the paint (measurement marks) on the cup's glass insert tested positive for lead. Several bloggers and moms across the country used two different testing methods (3M LeadCheck swab and XRF) that confirmed the findings.
Testing for Lead in Green Sprouts Sippy Cup
An XRF (x-ray fluorescence spectrometer) assessment of the sippy cup insert was conducted by a trained operator and revealed 3000 ppm lead in the paint. XRF instruments are also used by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test for lead in certain instances, so the findings could be legitimate. The LeadCheck swabs that tested positive in multiple cases reveal lead in the paint at levels of at least 600 ppm (the minimum amount that can test positive using these specific swabs). Both positive tests are extraordinarily concerning because lead is a dangerous neurotoxin, and there's a strict limit for children's products set at 90 ppm.
CBS San Francisco also conducted an assessment that resulted in a 4000 ppm lead-positive test on the same product and reported their findings earlier in February.
The Company's Response
The reaction of the company, iPlay, Inc (parent company to Green Sprouts), only adds to the troubling nature of this situation. In short, there was an immediate voluntary recall of the sippy cup, but then the company did a 180° turnaround and backtracked on the recall saying they'd work with the CPSC to examine the paint and make a determination after that. The latest information coming from iPlay says they've tested their product and have found it to be within lead safety limits. iPlay has stated they will not conduct a full recall but is now offering replacement glass inserts without paint for those who call and request it.
Carissa Bonham of Creative Green Living believes iPlay and the CPSC did a different type of testing on the paint and came up with alternative results (read more about that here), so here we are in the middle, left yet again to try and decipher the truth for ourselves.
Just yesterday, Carissa and Tamara Rubin, two of the main people who broke the news, have now been served with cease and desist letters from an attorney hired by iPlay. This is a big development that we're following very closely. We're also eager to see the details and results of the testing iPlay conducted with the CPSC.
Our Decision to Remove the Cup from Our Guides
In conclusion and from an abundance of caution, we've made the decision to remove this Green Sprouts sippy cup from our shopping guides until we receive information and evidence pertaining to the CPSC testing. Our efforts here are aimed at retaining the integrity of our mission to help parents avoid toxins that could harm their children. With the knowledge that families that depend on us to provide accurate and helpful information, we find it necessary to address this issue as it stands since lead is a HUGE hazard to our health.
In addition, the actions of iPlay toward the mom bloggers reporting these findings and circumstances are also questionable, and it's a situation worth noting at the very least. We've always known iPlay to be a reputable company, so we're hopeful that a full and peaceful resolution can be reached for everyone involved.