Lead Detected in Stanley Cups
In the U.S., the tumbler (personal cup) brand ‘Stanley’ is under controversy due to claims that lead has been detected in its products.
According to Fox News in the U.S. on the 29th (local time), recent social media posts, including TikTok, claim that according to tests conducted with a lead testing kit, lead has been detected in Stanley tumblers.
The content suggests that if a swab is dipped in a solution that changes color upon contact with lead and used to rub various areas inside the tumbler, the swab changes color.
Lead is a toxic element among heavy metals. Once absorbed, it takes longer to be excreted from the body compared to other heavy metals.
If accumulated excessively in the body, it can cause neurological disorders, anemia, constipation, and abdominal pain, and in children, it can hinder growth or cause hyperactivity disorders.
Stanley responded to this by stating that although lead was partially used in the material sealing the bottom of the tumbler, this lead does not directly affect consumers.
A Stanley spokesperson said, “We use industry-standard pellets to seal the vacuum insulation located at the bottom of the product during the manufacturing process,” and “Lead is partially included in the sealing material.”
They added, “Once sealed, this part (the bottom) is covered with a durable layer of stainless steel, making it inaccessible to consumers,” and “Rest assured that there is no lead on any surface of any Stanley product that consumers come into contact with, nor in the contents.”
They explained that unless the tumbler is damaged, exposed to extreme heat, or used in a way that is not intended, there is no chance of exposure to lead.
Last November in the U.S. a recall situation occurred when lead levels were detected above the standard in tumbler products sold on Amazon, including the ‘Tiblue Stainless Steel Kids Cup’.
By. Sharon Lee