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Lead in Pressure Cooker valves!

After testing one pressure cooker for lead—and finding lead in both the interior and exterior valves, my friends brought me more and more pressure cookers to test. In the past week or so I have tested no fewer than four pressure cookers that have all tested positive for lead in the valves. These readings ranged from 5,000 ppm lead to 120,500 ppm lead!  Here’s the link to a study about lead found in pressure cooker valves.

For the lead-levels found in each of these pressure cookers, please click through to the Facebook page where we originally posted the images.

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4 Responses to Lead in Pressure Cooker valves!

  1. Kir April 5, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    2 of those pressure cookers are mine! I’d like to write Presto and Kuhn-Rikon and ask for either a lead-free replacement or my money back. I can’t believe that I’ve been feeding my lead-poisoned child his favorite black beans cooked in pots with lead for years. Anything bought to cook food in, in the USA, should be lead-free!

    • Sho February 26, 2015 at 8:00 am #

      Hi , I wanted to get my pressure cooker tested for lead …I got it from India..please let me know how to contact you..

      • Emily May 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

        Hi! I also would like our pressure cooker tested because I make my own baby food with it. If you can help with that please let me know. Thanks!

  2. Andrea July 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    I currently am communicating with someone at Presto. Our pressure cookers are really old and tested positive for lead with the 3M test kit. I referred the person at Presto to this page but they say the valves have a “little” lead since they are made of brass. They say they are plated so they would only expose lead if the plating is worn like our old ones. I still don’t trust them. They are, though, sending us replacement parts. I would like to know if this plating they speak of is really keeping the lead from leaching into our food!!??

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