Fact check: False claim KitchenAid stand mixer parts are being recalled for lead levels
The claim: KitchenAid is recalling a stand mixer because of 'extreme amounts of lead'
A Jan. 22 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) includes photos of two KitchenAid mixer attachments.
"KITCHEN AID RECALL - NOT A JOKE," reads the post. "Anyone who has a Kitchenaid Mixer with a white paddle and hook attachments. Stop using it immediately! It contains extreme amounts of lead!!"
The post was shared more than 30,000 times in four days. A similar version of the claim was shared more than 60,000 times in three days.
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Our rating: False
There are no active recalls on KitchenAid products, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Whirlpool Corporation, which owns the KitchenAid brand, said its aluminum alloy stand mixer accessories are tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure lead levels comply with federal safety regulations.
No active recall for KitchenAid products; accessories tested for lead
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which works to protect consumers from product hazards, has “no ... action with respect to this product at this time,” according to spokesperson Patty Davis.
The product does not appear on the FDA's recall page.
Whirlpool Corporation has no active recalls for any KitchenAid products as of Jan. 25, said company spokesperson Chad Parks. Two KitchenAid products that are listed on the product recall page on Whirlpool's website – for a cooktop and a kettle – are no longer active but remain there for consumers’ benefit, he said.
KitchenAid’s website says lead levels in its products comply with FDA standards.
Parks said aluminum alloy stand mixer accessories – including the ones shown in the pictures in the post – are tested for lead by an independent laboratory to ensure they are compliant with lead regulations and safe for consumers to use.
“Aluminum alloys can contain small levels of impurities, and for that reason all current models of aluminum accessories have a food-safe coating that is tested both for lead content and lead migration to ensure that it is also safe,” he said.
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The company does offer a “range of goodwill options” for consumers, which may include replacement accessories, Park said. The company is not replacing whole stand mixers.
USA TODAY reached out to users who shared the claim for comment.
VERIFY also debunked the claim of a KitchenAid recall.
Our fact-check sources:
FDA, accessed Jan. 26, Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts
Chad Parks, Jan. 25, Email exchange with USA TODAY
KitchenAid, accessed Jan. 25, Additional Information
Patty Davis, Jan. 25, Email exchange with USA TODAY
Whirlpool Corporation, accessed Jan. 25, Product Recall
VERIFY, Jan. 25, No, there’s not a KitchenAid mixer recall due to lead
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: False claim of a KitchenAid recall for high lead levels