You may also be one of those people who bought a Vitamix blender and when using it, found black specks in your blended food.
This article will cover the causes for this issue and how to troubleshoot before contacting customer service.
What Are These Black Specks On My Vitamix?
Many people have found black specks in their food after using a Vitamix.
The specks may look like flakes, dots, flecks, or shiny beads. They are usually black and smaller than a grain of sand.
What Causes These Black Specks?
After blending, some individuals have observed small black flecks in their mixtures. It was revealed that one of the containers had a seal, which caused the problem. Although the seal is not harmful, if you are affected by it, Vitamix will replace it for free.
In addition, to ensure that your Vitamix is not the cause for this issue, make sure that it has been thoroughly cleaned and do a quality check before blending.
Troubleshooting To Ensure The Problem Is Not Your Vitamix
Before calling the company, be sure to check that your Vitamix is clean. You can also do a quality check before blending.
Other potential causes for these black specks are the ingredients you are using and how finely they are blended.
The more finely an ingredient is blended, the more likely it may cause this problem.
For example, if you blend dry rice, it will create many tiny particles which could look like black specks in your mixture.
If there are black specs on some of your frozen fruit or vegetables, run them through on their own first to see if the issue persists with just those alone.
How To Fix Vitamix Black Specks?
If you buy a Vitamix after August 11th, 2015, it will not have this issue. Vitamix has replaced all of the containers in stores. That is both new and refurbished Vitamix blenders.
Vitamix is making all their containers better. They will have a new seal to make sure there is no issue.
Some containers had black flecks. The quality team found the reason. They come from a seal at the bottom of containers.
The seal is food-safe. It complies with FDA requirements and addresses safety. The seal is made of a material that has been used for 50 years – PTFE – and it’s food-safe, too.
Vitamix has approval and testing that shows their seal is safe. It meets the requirements for food contact.
The seal has also been tested by a third-party standard testing authority, which showed that it is safe to touch food with. Any flecks of our seal are very small and would be considered safe.
Vitamix says – “We make sure the containers we sell are good and safe and durable. But if you don’t like it, we can exchange it for a new one.”
More About PTFE – The Material Used For Making The Seal
You may have thought this was a silicone rubber gasket, but it’s actually made from PTFE, which you might also know as Teflon.
Vitamix has chosen to go with a safe and tested material that is approved by the FDA for food contact.
It makes sense because Vitamix containers are used to process food at high speeds. Using a safe seal reduces the chance of any issues involving ingestion or inhalation of the plastic materials used in some other blenders.
The seal is made of PTFE, which is the industry standard material for making o-rings.
It lasts a long time and can handle both hot and cold liquids. It complies with FDA requirements for food contact.
The best part about it is that Vitamix has tested it to be safe to come into contact with food.
What Can I Do?
If you do have black specks in your Vitamix container, you can send it to the company for them to replace the seal.
The serial number of your container should be located on a sticker or printed directly on the container.
Vitamix offers free replacements if you have purchased a machine since August 11th, 2015, and want to exchange your older blender for a new one.
If you think this is an issue with your machine after August 11th, 2015, contact Vitamix through their website.
Here are some tips to avoid black specks in future blends –
- Make sure the seal is clean and seated correctly before placing it onto the blade base of your Vitamix machine.
- Do not overfill the containers so that food does not get caught under the seal.
Conclusion – Vitamix Black Specks? Here’s What To Do
To sum up – if your machine was made before August 11th, 2015, Vitamix might replace the container for free. If the machine was made after August 11th, 2015 – you don’t have to worry about this issue – Vitamix fixed it.
The seal is food-safe and complies with FDA requirements for food contact. The seal is made of PTFE, which has been used in manufacturing seals that come into contact with food for 50 years.
Vitamix also tested the seal substance and found it to be safe for handling food before it goes into your blender.