Bindle Recalls Water Bottles Over Lead Poisoning Risk Found by Consumer Reports

(MENAFN) Bindle, a water bottle brand popular on Instagram, has issued a voluntary recall of its insulated bottles after Consumer Reports found they pose a risk of lead poisoning. The recall affects all sizes and colors of Bindle bottles. The company acknowledged that the dry storage compartment at the bottom of the bottle contains a dot of finishing solder that may contain excess amounts of lead. This could potentially expose users to lead if unpackaged food is placed in the dry storage compartment. The company has advised consumers to stop using the dry storage compartment of the bottles immediately and to register to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Reports conducted tests on the product and found that the Bindle bottle could expose users to "extremely high" levels of lead. The advocacy group also found that some bottles contained bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical known to cause fertility problems and some kinds of cancers. Bindle markets the product as BPA-free.

The Bindle water jug is marketed as a "sip and stash" bottle, with an upper compartment for holding liquid and a bottom section suitable for storing snacks, keys, or other personal items. Consumer Reports found lead on the bottle's "sealing dot," a small, circular piece of metal at the bottle's base, in the lower storage compartment. The part is about 10% lead and contains lead levels that are roughly 1,100 times higher than what's generally considered safe. Anything that comes into contact with the dot is at risk of lead contamination.

Bindle is urging its customers to participate in the recall and to stop using the product until they receive the repair kit. Consumer Reports is calling on the public to immediately stop using Bindle products and has asked the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate the matter further.



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