Expert issues a warning of the dangers in using old Tupperware.

Tamara Rubin an independent advocate for consumer goods safety has issued a warning to people who still use the good old fashioned (original) Tupperware.

She discovered during a recent test of Tupperware’s yellow vintage measuring cups, not only lead, but she also found arsenic as well.

In a post on her website on the disturbing results, Tamara urges everyone to think twice before using the measuring cups.

She writes: ‘I had heard they could be positive for very high levels of Lead, and have always discouraged people from using them — but had never personally tested any vintage Tupperware cookware items that were positive for toxicants…until…now! While I knew they might have Lead, I was frankly quite surprised to also find Arsenic!’

Tamara adds that she also tested other colours in the Tupperware vintage ranges and found Mercury and Cadmium.

Tamara says that it’s important that people know the risks.

‘Of additional concern is that many of these vintage Tupperware pieces have been kept in regular daily service for their 40+ years of life and may have considerable wear and deterioration as a result of decades of heavy regular use,’ she says.

Adds Tamara: ‘While there may not be a single incident of Lead poisoning (or Arsenic poisoning for that matter) that can be traced to a kitchen item like this (because that is a difficult thing to track and study, given how many potential sources of toxicants can be found in our lives – in many things we use every day), with multiple toxicants present, at the levels found here, there is no defensible reason to save items like this and use them for food use purposes.’

Find all her results HERE.

Do you still have these in the pantry? Are you shocked by the results? Share your comments below

  • I have heaps of older Tupperware and will keep using it.


  • So does that mean they replace old for new due to this finding. I mean it is a lifetime guarantee after all


  • Have them use them will keep using them….nothing wrong with them. Nothing has been proven my mum’s used them when I was a girl and now I use them, think they are just scaring people


  • Oh I can’t believe this I have all my grandmothers old Tupperware and use it regularly


  • This is super scary.


  • just a little bit scary!


  • Most everything was made with lead in those days. The arsenic and mercury are a bit of a surprise! I don’t know what the other thing was but I’m sure it’s equally bad


  • I absolutely love vintage Tupperware and have spent a small fortune collecting it all I have so much all my pantry storage is vintage Tupperware as well, this is so shocking to find guess I will be changing, think I will keep it for decoration though I have so many beautiful containers, what year is safe to use from


  • That is definitely a surprise and sad as Tupperware products are known for their longevity and I’m sure many people still have them and use them at home or have given them to kids to play with in sandpits, baths etc. I wonder what other old products need to be examined…..?


  • An interesting and concerning article about Tupperware and one that I will do more reading on to be informed.


  • Very concerning indeed !


  • Oh dear that’s terrible. My mum has these! Not for much longer! Never expected that!


  • Just wow that this is what’s in them


  • Easy for Tupperware to give a lifetime replacement guarantee if they’re going to poison us!


  • I don’t ave any, but it’s likely a lot of people do, given Tupperware boasts of its’ long life.


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