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

  • woooh… switching to glass


  • While I don’t have the measuring cups I have numerous other ‘vintage’ items…..small rounds with lids, large orange storage canisters (always with baking stuff in them), even a kids dinner set. I have others but they are newer. Time to do a de-clutter I suppose, bugger.

    • I suspect many homes have retro Tupperware in cupboards and drawers.
      It would be good to have more information on this issue and any possible outcomes.


  • I still have those measuring cups :( like everything these days it all seems to be killing us off slowly but surely. I don’t have that much Tupperware left these days. I do love the glass decor range except hubby keeps breaking them.


  • Brings back memories but we don’t have any.


  • My mum has the green Tupperware from the 70s or 80s. The reason people are still using the original stuff is because there is nothing wrong with the function of it so it seems awfully wasteful to chuck it out. Old Tupperware will outlast civilization.


  • Oh my. No, I don’t have those measuring cups, but I surely have other Tupperware containers that I bought more than 30 years ago!


  • No do not have any anymore as I gave them away for glassware.


  • Oh my goodness I only have other range Tupperware so hopefully they are safe to use? Mmm fingers crossed.


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