QUESTION: Is there any record of Demeyere kettles
having been manufactured using lead solder? 02 Dec 2007 W A, Australia
I have a Demeyere kettle which is manufactured in Belgium like the Russell Hobbs kettle that was recalled. It seems to leave a discolouration in the water. Is there any record of these kettles having been manufactured using lead solder, and if not, how would I go about having it tested?
ANSWER: 12 May 2009
We have never heard of Demeyere kettles causing any problems of adding lead to the water boiled in them and a websearch for Demeyere and "lead solder" gives zero results. Also, a search of www.demeyere.be for "lead-free" or "solder" gives no results so if you email them then you could ask them if they might consider stating online that their products are lead-free, if indeed they are.
We always recommend that you ask the retailer questions like "Do Demeyere kettles contain lead solder?", even though the retailer may then tell you to ask the importer who may then tell you to ask the manufacturer. It's always good to have their answer in writing.
If you cannot obtain an answer or if you are still concerned about the boiled water containing lead, the best test to do would be a blood lead test of anyone who has been drinking the boiled water from the Demeyere kettle. Just ask the doctor.
If the blood lead level is elevated, ie above 2 micrograms per decilitre >2 µg/dL, then we recommend sending samples of suspect items to a lab for lead testing, eg boiled kettle water, though, to be fair, you would also have to send a sample of your drinking water that has not been boiled so you know that any lead detected in the boiled water sample was not already in the water prior to boiling. Boiling leaded water will generally concentrate the lead and raise the lead level so the result for the boiled water may be higher than the result for the unboiled water even if the kettle IS lead-free.
The best way to pay for the sampling equipment and instructions, lab analysis and interpretation sheet all in one transaction is to buy one of our Do It Yourself Lead Safe Test Kits. The cost is $100 or $85 for LEAD Group members for two water only lead analyses. You can phone or email your credit card details and phone number if you wish to proceed with a kit purchase.
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