A recall was issued on July 28, 2022 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for glass baby bottles. “First Choice Glass Baby Bottles Recalled by NUK Due to Violation of the Federal Lead Content Ban; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com (Recall Alert)“. You can read the recall notice HERE.
The reason for the recall is that the printing on the glass bottles “contain levels of lead that exceeds the federal lead content ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.“
“Adverse health issues” might be a tad understated. Lead ingestion can cause brain damage. Lead has a sweet taste which is why children used to eat lead based paint. Lead is used in printing ink to make colors more brilliant as well as making the ink more durable. I guess they want to make sure the infant can read the labels on the bottles. WTF?
Here’s what I find most astounding.
The bottles with the lead in the printing were knowingly manufactured for sale OUTSIDE of the US and Canada but were mistakenly sold in the US/Canadian markets. The German manufacturer makes baby bottles with lead printing and sells them to other countries, just not to US and Canada. Why would any manufacturer make baby bottles with lead as any component of the product, no matter what country it was to be sold in? I would have initially guessed that the product was made in China, however the recall states that the bottles were manufactured in Germany. “Deutschland Über Alles“