Celes247 wrote:DONT GIVE THIS TO YOUR KIDS! I bought one and tested it on a hunch, it is HIGHLY LEADED!
No offense, but I'd question the validity of the test before I'd accept this as the first known case of rubberized plastic being loaded with lead.
False-positives are VERY common in all sorts of chemical/biological tests. MANY cats have been needlessly killed because of false-positive results from FIV tests. One of our cats tested positive and the vet wanted to kill her, and hinted at killing her brother too. Due to the circumstances through which we rescued the both of them, I knew that true FIV+ was about as remote a possibility as winning the lottery twice in a row.
Nevertheless, the vet was adamant. I then told her to send off for the putatively more reliable "Western Blot" test (having to research on my own to find a lab that would do it, since the vet already had her mind made up). Well, THAT test came back positive too -- "proving" to the vet that she really, really, really did have FIV.
However, I knew that even the Western Blot FIV test was prone to false-positives. The only REAL test (of viral load, rather than antibodies) was something at that time (and possibly this time too) not available to mere mortals.
So, I said thank you very much and took my cat home -- to die, according to the vet, who insisted that while she may "seem" healthy now, she soon be dead, as would every other cat in proximity to her.
This was several years ago, and the cat remains healthy like the proverbial horse, as does everyone whose been in contact with her.
With that as a benchmark of some kind, reflect upon the fact that an OTC test kit is not likely to be MORE accurate than 1) a restricted-to-vets office test kit, and, 2) a specialized lab test.
If you are REALLY concerned, I'd suggest scraping off some of that rubberized coating and sending it in to a real lab for a real analysis.
And, if you're STILL concerned in the least... just scrape it off! I removed the coating from the back of my "silver" Fuze because it was abrading off in my shirtpocket and looked unsightly. After scraping it off with my fingernail, I have a nice shiny stainless steel back. I have NO fear of stainless steel bearing lead, because the two metals do not alloy.