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  • Do Stanley cups contain lead?
  • Find out what experts say.
  • Learn about lead poisoning symptoms.

In 1913 William Stanley, Jr. created a vacuum flask made of steel, which later became known as the Stanley cup.

After working with transformers, he discovered that a soldering process he used could be applied to isolate a vacuum.

Recently, social media users have been posting videos where they perform lead tests on their Stanley cups. Can they cause lead poisoning?

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After videos of people doing lead tests on their Stanley cups began going viral, the company revealed something surprising.

They acknowledged that there is lead sealed in the base of the cups and covered by a layer of stainless steel. In other words, this makes it inaccessible to consumers.

Research director for Healthy Babies, Bright Futures, Jane Houlihan told CNN that if the base of the cup is damaged and the seal is exposed, the risks of lead exposure increase.

This can lead to kidney problems and anemia, as well as reproductive and developmental disorders.

Even low levels of lead in the blood can cause problems

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPSC) stated that there is no safe level of lead for children.

Moreover, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, low levels of lead in the blood cause adverse effects.

Additionally, lead accumulates in the body, which is why exposure continues and could become toxic.

The Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the most vulnerable in these cases are children.

What did Stanley say about all this?

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Stanley clarified that, although lead is used in the manufacturing of their products, the cups must be damaged to expose the material.

In a statement to NBC News, they reported that their engineering and supply chain teams were making progress in finding alternative materials.

They asserted that all Stanley cups meet the regulatory requirements of the United States.

Lead poisoning activist Tamara Rubin said she has heard several people say that the protective cover can come off.

Some things to consider

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Ronnie Levin, from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard, said that lead is an «all-systems toxin.»

Furthermore, there is nothing in the body that is not damaged by it, from the nervous system to the reproductive system.

Regarding Stanley cups, the company itself recommended that consumers pay attention to the cover on the base of the cups.

In case the cover comes off, consumers can request a replacement under Stanley’s lifetime warranty.

Lead poisoning symptoms

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With all the commotion caused by people wondering if Stanley cups contain lead, it is worth noting the symptoms of lead poisoning.

They can include: irritability, constipation, fatigue, vomiting, abdominal pain, hearing loss, loss of appetite and weight, difficulty concentrating and headaches.

Lead common is more common than many people realize.

It can be in the air, water, soil and food.

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