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Yar
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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 9:55am
Subject: Francis Francis X1 exposes you to lead?
 

Hi folks,

I was shopping for an X1 when I noticed that Seattle Coffee Gear doesn't sell it anymore,
and the next google hit was Sur La Table. In their online page about the X1
though it says:

"Warning: WARNING: Consuming beverages that have been prepared in this espresso machine will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm."

Check it out:
Click Here (www.surlatable.com)

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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 10:24am
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Virtually any machine that is made with brass parts has the potential to add lead to whatever is being cooked in it. California has adopted a zero tolerance for lead in anything food related, so thus the warning. Many European countries have adopted this as well, and you are already seeing some machines that are all stainless, and I see this continuing. Being that lead exposure is cumulative, it probably is a good idea overall. But the parts are soon coated with a coat of oxidation and scale, and others with coffee residue. Giving a flush before each use as you start the day is probably sufficient to protect you, if we assume there was a danger to begin with. The further danger comes from the brass coming from China as it is not the quality we have come to know. I believe even some of the low-end Hohner Harmonicas have reeds made from Chinese brass (or possibly even made in China) With the FF, I think the greatest danger is your exposure is to bad espresso.   ;-O

 
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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 10:29am
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Yar, your posts are nothing if not consistent.
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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 12:21pm
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frcn Said:

Virtually any machine that is made with brass parts has the potential to add lead to whatever is being cooked in it. California has adopted a zero tolerance for lead in anything food related, so thus the warning.

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That's very commendable of them. They also put a warning on touching power cables, since those contain lead.
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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 12:24pm
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steven_meyer Said:

Yar, your posts are nothing if not consistent.

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Well, if PG&E had been as concerned about safety as I am, there wouldn't have been a huge hole in the ground in your native San Bruno not long ago.
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