Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep Machine: Hot on the heels of the Sophie The Giraffe mould scare, distressed parents say the popular Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine can sometimes attract a black substance in its hoses. They’re very worried about what this could mean for their babies, health-wise.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep Machine – which retails at around $190 AUD – is designed to help busy parents safely and seamlessly prepare formula feeds, but it seems some units have issues with the inner workings.
Anecdotes from parents, shared on social media, explain that a black substance is building up in the product’s hoses. It’s a worrying development that’s concerning both parents and the product’s maker.
Tommee Tippee are taking these concerns very seriously, launching an investigation and issuing a statement to parents via their Facebook page.
They mention the machine’s pipes “not being clean” and a “build up” but avoid mentioning the widely documented black substance.
Tommee Tippee’s Statement
Parent are extremely worried that the substance might be contributing to their babies ill health and felt let down by a brand they trusted.
“Our preliminary investigation has found two things. Firstly, the build-up we’ve seen so far we suspect is carbon residue and not mould. Carbon is a harmless, inert bi-product of the filtration process,” a Tommee Tippe spokesman said, according to the BBC.
“Secondly, some parents have told us they’ve used ordinary water jug filters instead of the Tommee Tippee filters. Standard filters do not contain the ultra-filtration membrane needed to remove bacteria, plus are more likely to release carbon into the system.”
“Although we can’t be certain until we’ve received back and examined more machines, it is possible these factors are linked to what people are seeing. However, the investigation will continue until we’ve found answers,” the Tommee Tippee spokesman explained.
Do you have one of these machines? Is this an issue you have encountered?