The United States is recalling more than 345 000 children’s cups because they contain too much lead.
As of Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission The 8-ounce and 12-ounce Cupkin Double-Walled Stainless Steel Children’s Cups, available in a variety of colors on Amazon and the Cupkin website from 2018 until the beginning of this year, are being recalled by Soojimus.
Customers who own the recalled Cupkin cups are recommended to throw them away right away and get in touch with Soojimus for a complete refund. There have been no cases of illness or injury linked to the recall to date.
Due to the double-walled structure, the recalled cups’ liquid isn’t “exposed to lead,” according to Cupkin, but lead exposure could happen if the cup bottoms are mishandled.
On its website, Cupkin responded to the recall by stating that the voluntary recall was started as a result of user feedback and additional testing.
The brand said that lead was not found during the initial development of the products. Cupkin’s statement stated that the cups had also undergone testing by two different independent third-party labs authorized by the CPSC.
“When we initially developed these cups, our manufacturing partner confirmed multiple times that absolutely no lead was used in any part of our production process,” Cupkin wrote.
“Learning that not one but two CPSC-accredited labs and our manufacturing partner let us down is a heavy setback both financially and emotionally,” Cupkin added.
But regardless of the price, “we are going to be as open and proactive as we can to get this resolved as soon as possible.”
All known buyers of the recalled Cupkin cups will be contacted individually by Soojimus and Amazon, the CPSC announced on Thursday. Customers can submit images of the cups that clearly illustrate their ruin and complete a form on Cupkin’s website to request a refund.
My wife and I have two young daughters. As parents, we wanted the Cupkin cups to be lead-free from the start, said Max Kang, one of the company’s co-founders, in a statement sent to The Associated Press via email.
Kang emphasized that their manufacturer had first said that the glass beads used in the cups’ bottoms for vacuum sealing did not include any lead.
He claimed that the manufacturer later acknowledged the error. Lead, which can impair young children’s brain development, has no safe threshold, according to health officials.
Children may come into contact with the metal through contaminated dust, scraps of old paint, or even by drinking water that has come through lead pipes.