Allegations have circulated online that KitchenAid mixer attachments contain lead. The company did not recall the products.
Social media posts of KitchenAid mixers being recalled due to lead contamination have gone viral in recent weeks.
The Facebook post, shared by more than 27,000 people, claims that attachments that help stir, blend or whip ingredients contain dangerous amounts of lead.
“KITCHEN ASSISTANCE RECALL IS NO JOKE,” the Facebook post reads.
He continues: “WARNING: Anyone who owns a Kitchenaid mixer with a white blade and hook attachments. Stop using it immediately! It contains a huge amount of lead!! Stainless steel is fine. You can call Kitchen Aid and they will replace it with a metal one free of charge. 1-800-541-6390 or 1-800-474-8007. I did it was very easy! Give them your mixer code and they will replace them. Calls take less than 5 minutes!”
CHECK that viewers sent us links to social media posts and also asked if it’s true that products are being recalled due to high lead levels.
Is there a recall of KitchenAid mixer attachments due to lead?
No, the KitchenAid Mixer Head does not respond due to lead.
WHAT WE FOUND
Whirlpool, the parent company of KitchenAid, is not recalling mixer attachments. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is also not reporting on any recently recalled KitchenAid products.
Allegations that KitchenAid’s attachments are contaminated with lead stem from online and social media posts by Tamara Rubin, who runs the Lead Safe Mama website and social media accounts.
Rubin says she did a lead test on cast aluminum attachments, including paddles and dough hooks, that are currently sold with KitchenAid stand mixers. Rubin claimed that dangerous levels of lead were found in the bait backing, which is the layer underneath the coating used on the products.
Rubin claims that one KitchenAid test hook tested positive for lead at 2434 parts per million (ppm). This test has not received independent validation.
Rubin demanded a product recall.
Lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal that has mostly been phased out in the US but is still used in other countries. It is toxic and can cause health problems in large amounts, especially in young children. Health experts say there is no safe level of lead, although most people are exposed to small amounts of lead through water, food, and other products such as lead-based paint in older homes.
The FDA does not require kitchen utensils to be 100% lead-free. However, it does limit the amount of leachable lead in some utensils such as cutlery to around 3 ppm of the leaching solution. Leachable lead is the trace amount of lead that can contaminate a food product.
The FDA states that it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to minimize or prevent harmful exposure to lead in products.
In an email to VERIFY, Whirlpool said claims that attachments contain dangerous amounts of lead are misleading.
“These accessories, including beaters, dough hooks and whisks, are tested by a third party independent lab to ensure they comply with all applicable regulations in the places they are sold for lead content,” a Whirlpool spokesperson told VERIFY.
“Aluminum alloys can contain small amounts of impurities, and for this reason, all current models of aluminum accessories have a food-safe coating that is tested for both lead content and lead migration to ensure it is safe,” the statement said.
KitchenAid products sold in California carry a warning label, which is required by state law Proposition 65, according to the KitchenAid website. The law requires special labeling for products that contain certain chemicals that can cause harm, including lead.
According to the KitchenAid website, any level of lead in their products meets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.
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