(The vending machine in the photo is not the kind currently causing concern)

Ten times safe level of lead in coffee machines

The Institute of Environmental Medicine at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute reports that the water in a common coffee vending machine here has up to 10 times the safe level of lead.

According to Swedish Television News, the lead is coming from brass components of one particular model made by the De Jong Duke company of the Netherlands. They represent around 1500 of the 100,000 coffee machines in Sweden, or about 1.5 percent.

On its website, the company says it is not aware of the problem elsewhere, and that replacements for the brass components are available.

Swedes are heavy coffee drinkers, at three cups a day sixth in the world in per capital consumption.

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