XRF Analyzers Used to Detect Lead in Novelty Mugs

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A report from the Philipenes notes that an independent testing laboratory used x-ray fluorescence technology to test novelty mugs and glasses for lead contamination.  The testing laboratory detected very high levels of lead in the mugs.  While limits of lead content in consumer goods is 90 parts-per-million (ppm), the testing found levels that reached 44,000 ppm.  Testing also found high levels of antimony, arsenic, cadmium and chromium in the samples.

The full report can be reviewed at this web-page.

In all likelihood, the manufacturer or distributor of the mugs will have to recall them at a large expense.  If they had xray fluorescnece as part of an incoming inspection procedure of the components or tested goods before shipping they may have avoided this situation.  Details on XRF Technology for hazardous substance testing and the Handheld XRF primarily suggested for this testing (Pocket-III XRF)can be found throughout the Skyray XRF website or you can contact an XRF Sales Associate to learn more about the options.

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