How to Find Lead- and Cadmium-Free Dishes

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Health Effects of Lead and Cadmium

I started reading about the dangers of lead and cadmium content in our dinnerware from my perspective as a mosaic artist. I noticed the residue in the water reservoir of my ring saw after I used it to cut dinner plates.

I nip and saw beautiful, colorful old dinnerware from all over the world. I handle it and breathe it and I was curious: how dangerous are these elements?

After some research, I quickly became interested as a grandma and as a human who loves children.

Side Effects

  • Lead accumulates in your bones where it displaces calcium.
  • Cadmium exposure can cause kidney disease, lung damage, cancer, and fragile bones.

Absorption

  • According to the FDA, adults absorb 11% of the lead that reaches their digestive tract, and children absorb between 30 to 75%.
  • When lead is inhaled, up to 50% is absorbed.
  • The half-life for lead is about 20 years. In other words, of the amount you have in your body now, half of it will still be in your body 20 years from now.

Exposure to Children

We know that children are in danger from the lead and cadmium contained in imported toys, jewelry, lunch bags, candy, and baby bibs.

The list goes on and on and it’s been all over the news. Even handbags have been in the news. Imported handbags are full of lead, and moms sometimes carry their baby’s bottle, pacifier, toys, bibs and washcloths in them.

From what I read on the Internet today, children are also in danger of absorbing these poisons in their own home while eating food lovingly prepared by their parents and protectors!

As parents we must do our best to reduce exposure whenever possible. It is our responsibility to make whatever changes are necessary, without naively relying on the government.

Getting Information on Contaminants in Dishware

I found this statement in an Internet article: "For more information on lead and cadmium in dinnerware and a list of companies that offer safe dinnerware, visit "Environmental Defenses Website."

But when I clicked on that link, this is what I got: “For information on lead in consumer products, please visit the Center for Environmental Health. EDF no longer maintains updated listings on lead in china dishes.” (I never did find that list.) Hmmmm.

How It Gets Into Your Body

Lead and cadmium from dinnerware can leach into your body by:

  • Eating acidic foods off it
  • Microwaving it
  • Washing it in a dishwasher (the heat and powerful water action can damage the glazed surface) (who wants to hear this information)!

Why Was Lead Ever Used in the First Place?

It’s been used for thousands of years to make dishes durable and to make bright and glasslike colored glazes. In the USA, government standards supposedly limit lead in dishes, yet imported dinnerware still poses a threat.

Mexican pottery remains a major source of exposure, and consumers are advised to avoid cooking or storing food in imported bean pots, decorative pieces and other ceramics from Latin America, Asia and other areas.

While most dinnerware sold in the USA conforms to legal lead limits, it is not easy for consumers to know about the lead content of specific items. How could we? It is impossible to track every item and its lead content.

High-Risk Dinnerware

Includes:

  • Terra cotta pottery from Latin America, especially more rustic items with a transparent glaze
  • Highly decorated Asian dishware
  • Dishware with food contact surfaces containing bright colored decorations
  • Glazed pieces with rough, raised or worn decorations, indicating that the decoration is on top of the glaze
  • Antique dishware or dishware made before 1970
  • Leaded crystal glassware should not be used by children or pregnant women, and food or liquids, including wine, should never be stored in lead crystal.

Getting Information on Your Dishware

Concerned consumers can ask retailers or email or phone manufacturers to see if they know the lead content of the products they sell. Some of them do not respond. Even if they do, how can we be sure they’re correctly informed?

The bottom line is that some manufacturers say that their products are lead-free because they meet Food and Drug Administration guidelines. They can legally get away with saying that. Other, more honest manufacturers say, no, their products are not lead-free.

The FDA vs the EPA

Unlike toys and most other consumer products, dishes are regulated by the FDA. The FDA doesn't care how much lead is in a plate. It wants to know how much lead leaches out, something an XRF cannot detect. For that, there is a special leach test that can only be done in a laboratory.

The FDA tests for leachable lead amounts, while the EPA tests for the lead content. If a dinnerware piece has been fired correctly at high temperatures there should not be noticeable lead leaching. If the dinnerware is not used to store acidic foods, there should be not a problem.

Home Lead Tests

Home lead test kits test for surface lead only. They may detect surface lead on dishware and a positive test indicates a hazard, but since the test may not detect lower but still significant lead levels, a negative result is no guarantee that the dishware is safe.

What Guidelines Can We Follow?

I read on several different sites that glass and stoneware, unless decorated, are generally lead-free.

Generally, I feel more comfortable eating from plates manufactured in Europe and the USA, and would avoid dinnerware from Asia, Mexico, and Central America.

Corelle, Anchor Hocking, and Pyrex, not decorated, may be fine. I learned that not all whites are safe. The transparent glaze may contain lead.

I said generally because I learned while surfing the web that Pfaltzgraff, which until recently was made in the USA and now is manufactured elsewhere, does contain lead and that their Villa Della Luna ware and Nautica J Class have been recalled.

Specific Manufacturers

Several manufacturers now offer dinnerware made without lead and promote "lead-free" while selling their dishes.

  • I read that the Homer Laughlin China Company’s new Fiesta line does not contain cadmium or lead, and as a bonus, it is designed and manufactured in the USA. According to their website, in the early eighties, Homer Laughlin began to produce lead-free china. Using lead-free glazes and a vitrified china body, Fiesta was reintroduced in new and updated colors.
  • Denby (England) claims "No lead or cadmium is used during the manufacturing process of any Denby product." However, a reader informed me that Denby's products are now manufactured in China, so I crossed Denby off my list.
  • Hartstone Pottery (USA) tells consumers "all body, glaze and paint raw materials are lead and cadmium free."
  • Sengware (USA) is 100% lead and cadmium free and has modern colors and designs. However, Sengware is now out of business since I originally published this article.
  • Terra Keramik (Switzerland) says theirs contain zero lead and cadmium. I read where Germany is the only country that can produce lead-free glass. Interestingly, Terra Keramik imports their clay and their platinum from Germany.
  • Emile Henry (manufactured in France) states that "there is no lead or cadmium in our products, all of the glazes meet California Prop 65, and all of the products are 100% food safe." ** see reader's comment below! Her Emile Henry tested high in lead!
  • Apilco and Pilluvuyt, (manufactured in France) are also supposed to be lead and cadmium-free. I read somewhere that Williams Sonoma tests all of their dinnerware, glassware and other items used for serving food to ensure that they meet FDA and California Proposition 65 requirements for lead and cadmium.
  • Emerson Pottery is based in the US and follows green practices.
  • This American commercial manufacturer, HF Coors, states that their dinnerware is lead- and cadmium-free.
  • Lead and cadmium free certified coffee mugs from Mug Revolution.

What Is California Prop 65?

Why is it referred to specifically?

I think it's because it's the toughest requirement out there (in the US, anyway) so it's "the" one to adhere to. Here's some info I found on the web:

Proposition 65 is a California voter initiative passed in 1986 requiring the Governor to publish a list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. The list of "Prop 65 Chemicals" currently contains over 700 chemical entries and is updated quarterly.

Prop 65 requires that "No person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning to such individual."

Generally, I guess the safest thing to do is avoid all porcelain, ceramic and stoneware and use glass as much as possible, or trust one of these manufacturers listed above and go buy all new dinnerware.

If You're a Mosaic Artist, Be Careful

Oh, and back to the original quest, all of us mosaic artists who use broken china in our creations should take some precautions (gloves, masks) and be more aware of the dangers when working with lovely old vintage plates and colorful imports.

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Comments 204 comments

Carla 2 months ago

Hi,

I just saw this yesterday as I found out my Mikasa dinner set is leaching. Six years ago Mikasa could not confirm if the patter summer essence had any lead or cadmium because the company had been sold and no records were kept.

I contacted Arc intl they own Luminarc in regards to their glassware and glass storage containers in regards to lead, cadmium and alumina. Their products are manufactured in different countries including China.

This was my enquiry and response from them:

I just purchased a few of your products, the luminar lunar glassware range and the keep n box storage. I would like to know if these products have any lead, cadmium or alumina in them? The keep n jugs state cadmium and lead free but these other products don't mention it.

From Arc:

"our products are designed without lead or cadmium."

I hope this helps as there is little info on the Luminarc range and they seem to have good environmental practices from what is disclosed on their website.


Marla 3 months ago

I emailed dollar tree about their royal norfolk brand and they go off on the prop 65 without really giving me a yes or no. Has anyone tested these plates and bowls? I need inexpensive dinnerware however I want it to be safe.


silva 4 months ago

Thank you for all the info you put together. Would you happen to know If Luminarc is safe? Its made in France mostly and very few things are sold here


Elizabeth 5 months ago

Is Lenox Butterfly Garden china lead-free or lead-safe?


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newbizmau 5 months ago from Mobile, AL

I've become aware of this recently. Glad to have a little more information on it. Got to stay healthy!


Annie 6 months ago

Hello Jessica,

Thank you for taking your time to post so much information that you have researched, and doing the footwork for me..

Take Care,

Annie.


Fiona 6 months ago

Hi, just thought I'd mention that it is only the Denby Intro ranges that are made in China, the rest are made in the UK - although I don't know about the glazes or content beyond that. If you look at www.denby.co.uk it clearly states on each item where it is made. Hope that's helpful. Blessings to all


Charles Stair 7 months ago

Does anyone know if the vintage Octime-black Arcoroc plates, bowels, and cups are safe? My wife collects them and we are now regularly eating off of them again.


mary 7 months ago

Thank you for all your work everyone. I've been researching based on many of the commenters' posts. I need a new set of dishware and wanted a Dansk pattern, Burbs Stardust Blue. I like many of their patterns. However, Dansk brand is a Lenox company as someone says in their comment. They have many nice patterns but I have to call them. I think they're made in China. I did email them but they didn't answer. If so, made in China, hmmm, judging by the research we've all done, I think not.

I wanted to let people know that I emailed Crate and Barrel re their patterns "Cotton Clear" "Jars Touron Acqua" and "Wilder" patterns. I asked if they contain lead and/or cadmium. They answered right away saying: "All of the dinnerware patterns we carry at Crate and Barrel have passed FDA standards for allowable lead levels. They also comply with California Proposition 65, which has more stringent regulations regarding lead levels in dinnerware. Please be assured that our dinnerware goes through both performance and lead/cadmium testing and they pass the laboratory tests without any safety concerns."

I don't like white dinnerware so Pilluvuyt is out. I don't like Fiesta either. Bennington Pottery also has lovely selections and no lead or cadmium in their clay or glaze. I called them. However, service for 8 runs into the $600-700's. However, they're hand made. It's deplorable that people have to go to these lengths to get answers.


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RTalloni 8 months ago from the short journey

A useful hub that has many useful comments. Thanks for highlighting the concerns.


Annie 8 months ago

Silva,

Thank for all your help with our dinnerware etc.

Has anyone thought about what our dishwashers are throwing off on our dinnerware, glasses, and silverware!

That said, I just got a new stainless dishwasher, (KitchenAid) yesterday installed.

I noticed on the bottom of the manual, it said this does not meet Prop 65, in California, and can cause cancer, and harm children.

I was also looking at the Bosch, and Fisher Paykel, But KitchenAid says Made in America. Although I think there all the same!!

I did call KitchenAid yesterday and they did Not know anything, but finally gave me the Gov website to Prop 65.

That said, does anyone know of dishwasher that is safe?

Thanks


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Silva Hayes 8 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

As near as I can determine, clear Anchor Hocking is safe as far as not containing heavy metals.


8 months ago

Is clear glass anchor hocking safe?


Annie 9 months ago

Silva,

Thank you So much for taking your time and sharing the info & pictures of the older Pyrex etc..

Very interesting..



Annie 9 months ago

Hi Silva,

But does that mean ALL the brands I mentioned

Are all lead & cadmium free, since there all made in the USA?

Most of mine have the blue flower, or all white, or the orange fruit etc. but the older ones.

Do you know what the old 1915 look like? If so what.

Thanx..


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Silva Hayes 9 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Since 1915.


Annie 9 months ago

Isn't Pyrex , Corning ware, and Corelle, all the same company?

All made in the Usa?

When did all of those start being manufactured ?

Thank you..


Elliot 9 months ago

Starbucks mugs are made in China. I purchased a solid white one. Does it have lead ? Will it leach lead? I can't find anything.


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Silva Hayes 10 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

What happened in 1970 is that the FDA began testing dinnerware to ensure its safety. This means that any dishes from after that date are more likely to be in compliance with safety standards. The type of lead used in older dishes was more dangerous; now it's compounded and a bit less toxic.


Bobbi 10 months ago

You mentioned that vintage ware older than 1970 is an issue. I have loads of vintage Pyrex. One of my patterns is from either the late 60's or early 70's (I have to double check for sure) and the other is the last decorative pattern they made in the 80's. So, is the stuff made in the 80's safe? It is the mushroom print that I believe is called Forest Fantasies. Did a law take place in 1970 that made manufacturers remove the harmful contents of dishes?


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Silva Hayes 11 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

In Flint, Michigan, there is so much lead in children's blood that a state of emergency is declared. December 2015. Google it.


Jessica 12 months ago

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to start off by saying I've been researching natural health, supplements, non toxic cleaning products, non toxic home renovation materials, cookware/dinnerware, cutlery, food, electronic devices, dirty electricity/EMF pollution, natural clothing, personal hygiene and cosmetic products, detoxification, the dangers surrounding heavy metals not only in cookware but also in your everyday amalgam fillings and dental devices, fluoridated water, the danger of blue light exposure, lack of natural sunlight and I'm sure if I had another decade to go through it all I probably could. Lol! Anyhow, I found this page a few years ago but for some reason or another never decided to write a comment but thought now would be a good time because so many of you seem so committed to your search for the perfect products. Well, I just want to start off by saying that I am still guilty of using some crappy products in and around my kitchen but that is only because I have slowly been turning my house into a safe haven for the past decade. My husband and I developed some major health issues at around that time which is what sparked us to change our lives 100%. We have changed and researched all the subjects that I have listed up above extensively and we have spent 100's of thousands of dollars to do so. I think all of it was completely necessary just as much as all of your concerns are about healthy cookware/dinnerware. However, because I don't have all the space in the world to write this comment, I'll just touch base on what we have learned about cookware/dinnerware. Many heavy metals are extremely toxic to the human body and can displace human minerals in the body if you are lacking in any one mineral, so #1 make sure you're taking a really great mineral supplement, #2 you'll want to consider taking a herbal supplement or food that is known to bind to heavy metals because lets face it, they're everywhere (in the air, in our food, in our water and of course in our cookware), #3 eliminating the lead and cadmium in your dishes is definitely extremely important but you will also have to consider what pot and pans you are using and of course what cutlery you are using? Pot's and pans that contain Teflon are extremely toxic with fluoride binders and aluminum which destroys brain cells and because you are using these everyday (any non-stick pans) on high heat I would more concerned about switching those out first and foremost. Unfortunately stainless steel anything isn't that much better as most of these products are made from poor quality stainless steel and almost all of them contain nickle which for some is a high allergen and a known carcinogen, however definitely a better option then any non stick pots or pans. Your best option would be to go with clear glass or better yet toxic free ceramic cookware and you can find those here: http://cookware.mercola.com/ceramic-cookware.aspx He also sells ceramic knifes which I will be purchasing shortly. I've been using his pots and pans for years and although they do take some getting used to, I just feel better about using them knowing they are completely safe. I am now in search of some nickle free cutlery and I know I've seen those online somewhere as well and if I find them again, I'll let you know. As for dinnerware sets, I have seen numerous pages list HF Coors and Fiestaware as two very good options for Lead-free and cadmium-free glazes but make sure to check the label because I noticed some colours don't list cadmium free! I think another really good option would be to look for completely clear glass dinnerware made either in Europe, New Zealand, USA or Canada. I know most of them are not very luxurious looking but most of the toxins found in china/ceramic is in fact in the glazes/colourants that are used, so going with some glass (not crystal!) might be a safe bet as well. #4 You may want to consider going to see a natural health care practitioner to check your current heavy metals toxicity load because so many of us have been exposed to this stuff for years! I was riddled with them, despite always being so careful to watch what I put into my body, on my body or use in around my house but I grew up in a major city so that in itself has always worked against me. As for my husband he was suffering with mercury poising from the amalgam (silver) fillings and root canals that he had done to his teeth way back when, when he was in his mid teens (now dental work, that's a killer!!!) #5 With a certified Naturopathic doctor learn how to detoxify your body at least once a year, eat clean organic food and drink filtered non fluoridated water and cut anything out of your life with fluoride (water, toothpaste...whatever!) because that's another silent killer which is probably even more important to eliminate than the small amounts of metals that are found in some of this cookware. Hope some of this helps and if anyone finds a better option then HF Coors or Fiestaware please let me know? Thanks!


Bonnie C 12 months ago

What about Stokes brand dinnerware from Canada? I am not readily finding any information about there toxicity content.


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Silva Hayes 12 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

According to this article, Caleca is lead and cadmium free, but I cannot find whether it has always been so:

https://www.microwavecookingforone.com/Caleca/

The fact that it chips easily when it is not supposed to, and it gets hot in the microwave, causes me to have concern. I would probably replace it.


Nancy M 12 months ago

I have Caleca dinnerware from about 25 years ago. I thought it was from Italy but realize that it only states that it is hand painted in Italy. It chips easily and gets hot in the microwave. The pattern is light pink/blue/green. My husband was concerned about the lead content and after reading all the posts here, so am I. Someone posted that Caleca was safe but I wonder if that only applies to newer items. Does anyone know?


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Silva Hayes 12 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I haven't been able to establish the content of Bistro yet. However, it sounds safe -- it's high quality porcelain, white, and is not easily marked with utensils.


Erika D 12 months ago

I saw the Bisto set at Sur La Table is made in Turkey - any worries there?


Jessica 13 months ago

Is Crate and Barrel, West Elm, or Pottery Barn ok?


Sarah 14 months ago

You are amazing. Thank you!


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Silva Hayes 14 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

According to all the information I have been able to gather, Sur La Table porcelain dinnerware is safe.


Sarah 14 months ago

I am about to order the Sur La Table Porcelain Square dishes. Is their porcelain dinnerware also safe?


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Silva Hayes 14 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Until I find out otherwise I am assuming that white Corningware is safe.


Ann 14 months ago

If Pyrex is made by corningware is it assumed that the white corningware is also safe?(casserole dishes, etc)


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Silva Hayes 15 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

The Franz Collection sounds like a great option. They state specifically that their glaze is lead-free. Thank you for the link!


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Amber Dawn Tyner 15 months ago

Silva would you ever consider the Franz collection ?

http://www.franzcollection.com/about/going_green.p...


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Silva Hayes 15 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Kate, thank you so much for this useful information!


Kate 15 months ago

Villeroy and Boch crystal glassware and bone porcelaine do contain lead. I got the composition by the company which confirms the %.

The Bone China is lead transparent.

According to their data the hard porcelaine (traditional) is fired at 950c and is transparent without lead, the bone China is fired at 1250C and it is lead transparent. The crystal glassware have 10% lead oxide, the lead crystal 24% and the superior crystal 30%.

Be aware that if you call them the customer service personnel can mislead you telling you that all are lead-free having ignorance of the matter. You should contact them by email and get formal reply by the experts.

Keep asking questions to manufacturers! Put them out of ease! Do not support companies that do not have transparency in their policies-standards. They have to share tests results, if not then those might be positive.


Kate 15 months ago

FYI Lubiana's porcelaine are made in Poland and are lead and cadmium free. I contacted them asking about the composition of their ceramic and they responded promplty providing to me their certificates.

Their products have the Health Quality Certificate issued by the State Institute of Hygiene, Warszawa that covers all the white porcelain items, undecored made for food contact.

Composition: SiO2, AL2O3,Fe2O3, TiO2, CaO, MgO, Na20,K20.

Results of the tests performed for lead and cadmium released from their ceramicware show:

Pb test results: 0.05mg/dm2, 0.05mg/l

(Pb: max expected 0.8mg/dm2, 2mg/l)

Cd test results: 0.01mg/dm2, 0.005mg/l

(Cd: max expected0.07mg/dm2, 0.3mg/l)

glaze abrasion resistance: test results 38m, (standard 100mg)

They supply dinnerware to restaurants. If you contact them they can provided to you their certificates.

Personally I found a dinnerware series in Alinea.fr (since I am living in France), which has also nice design:

http://www.alinea.fr/h-classic-assiette-plate-blan...

Lubiana export internationally. Hope this can increase your healthy options. Bon appetite!


Kate 15 months ago

Can anyone comment on Lubiana's porcelain dinnerware?


Kristi 16 months ago

I see that Corelle is listed and wonder if the patterned dishes are okay, or only the Winter Frost white ones? Thank you!


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Silva Hayes 17 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

My thoughts are that, until I can find otherwise, Duralex Lys Dinnerware is safe to use. Well-respected company and product made 100% in France.


Anna 17 months ago

What are your thoughts on the Duralex Lys Dinnerware? http://www.duralexusa.com/Lys-Dinnerware-cat8.html

Thanks!


moni moon 18 months ago

Below is a copy of an email received from fiesta today. Talking with HF Coors i think the situation may be similar. In both cases, it's possible that they only use the cadmium for reds, but i don't know.

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The Homer Laughlin China Company knowingly uses encapsulated cadmium containing pigments to create some of the vitrified Fiesta Glazes. While the existence of cadmium can be detected using X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (XRF), XRF is not an approved test method to determine the leachability of cadmium in ceramic dinnerware. XRF does indicate what metals are present in the sample. There is no threshold value (ppm) for cadmium by any state or federal agency for ceramic dinnerware using XRF.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California Proposition 65 use a specific test method with threshold values (ppm) to determine the leachability of cadmium using an acidic solution to leach the metal from the food use side of the dinnerware.

The Homer Laughlin China Company regularly utilizes testing laboratories to determine the cadmium leachability of the new glaze colors and checks existing glaze colors to verify compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California Proposition 65. The Homer Laughlin China Company is in full compliance with the cadmium leachability requirements for ceramic dinnerware required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California Proposition 65.

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Silva Hayes 18 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thanks for this information. I have added a mention of it in the article, along with the link you provided. They have some really nice patterns!


di 18 months ago

Have you researched Emerson Creek Pottery? I can't remember if you have yet?

http://www.emersoncreekpottery.com/non-toxic-eco-f...


Karenk 19 months ago

I am saddened that you took Denby off of your list. I own Denby that is clearly marked made in England and/or Portugal on each piece and those do not contain lead or cadmium. Although I try not to buy anything from China (Denby says their Chinese made doesn't contain L or C), what is produced in the EU, especially higher end wares from France, England and Germany often have higher standards than here.


Annie89 20 months ago

Just bought anchor hocking USA clear drinking glasses .

Would they meet prop 65???

Or do all clear drinking glasses meet prop 65?

Thank you.


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Silva Hayes 20 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Exactly. It's so frustrating trying to get a straight "Yes" or "No" from manufacturers.


Annie89 20 months ago

Silva,

Good info from Lenox, but they did not mention anything about Cadmium!!


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Silva Hayes 20 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Received this reply today from Lenox. I inquired whether their Tin Can Alley line had any lead or cadmium in it.

"Thank you for your inquiry regarding the lead content in our products.

Lenox has been a leader in the tableware industry for over 120 years and our manufacturing process is dependable and trustworthy. Our products are government tested annually and we assure you that our products test far below the stringent lead limits set by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and Tableware Safety Program standards. We want to assure you that the safety of our customers is very important to us. We value your patronage and hope that you will continue to support the Lenox product line."


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Silva Hayes 20 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Somewhat off-topic but someone just sent me this link; the wine I drink is on this list; some California wines with dangerous levels of arsenic:

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/20/some-califor...


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Silva Hayes 20 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I emailed Lenox Customer Service and I will come back here with their reply.

Since it is made in the USA and is white, you are probably okay, but you are correct; it is truly staggering how hard we have to look to keep our families safe!!


Sharon 20 months ago

Hello, I purchased Lenox Tin Can Alley, white bone china. It is made in the USA, please tell me it is lead/cadmium free... It was very, very expensive. Thank you for all the info... It is staggering how hard we have to look to keep our families safe!!


Dawn 21 months ago

Great site, I have been reading all comments and you put Corelle on your list. Which dishes are recommended? I was looking at getting rid of my Ikea 365 white dishes and purchasing Corelle white from Walmart. Are the plain white safe, because I read earlier comment from Annie89 that lead was used in the dishes.


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Silva Hayes 21 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Anna, Dansk has been purchased by Lenox.


Annie89 21 months ago

You might want to buy for the baby, and your self for everyday, Corelle, its made in the USA, by Corning ware..It meets Prop 65,.

Amazon sells it, take a look, but I noticed that Walmart prices are really inexpensive for Corelle.

Its not great looking, but I'm getting use to it, and loving it..

It is Glass, but does not break easy. Many families use it for that reason also, it last for years.

Truthfully for company I do not use it..


Anna 21 months ago

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for children's plates/bowls/cups? I am using stainless steel right now, but I read above that stainless steel might not be the best choice. I don't want to use plastic, and my baby is too small for glass. Thanks!


Anna 21 months ago

Hello,

I am new to this site, and I am looking to replace my current dinnerware. This site has been a great resource, but I am still confused on which set to purchase at an affordable price. I have read that you do not recommend Dansk, but would you comment as to why. From my research it looks as if their dinnerware is lead free and made in Indonesia not China. I almost bough a set today. Thanks!


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Silva Hayes 21 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Jean, still searching for the content of Jadeite. All I've found so far is this:

From: http://www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/docs/newsletters...

"Jade glass, also known as Jadite or Jadeite, is another particularly popular type of uranium glass. It was marketed by such companies as McKee and Jeannette Glass in the 1920’s and ‘30’s, but by the time Anchor-Hocking’s Fire-King Jadeite line appeared in 1942, uranium was no longer being added."


Roxy 21 months ago

Just purchased Xtrema Ceramcor bakeware for their claim that it was Lead and other toxins free which are mentioned by nat above. However... a bit pricey.

In my search for leaser expensive items, came across the visions fry pans. Question is, does anyone know if the corning ware visions line of fry pans would be lead free/led- leaching free?


Jean 21 months ago

Do you know if old Jadeite dishes are safe for dinnerware?


Summer 22 months ago

What about Duralex?

http://www.duralexusa.com

Looks like they have a kids line too.


jen 22 months ago

Fiestaware tested positive for uranium (a radioactive element). Intake of uranium can lead to cancer &/or liver damage. Other brand names of dinnerware containing uranium: Caliente, Early California, Poppytrail, Stangl and Vistosa. Red & white ceramic plates manufactured under the the Food Network Label tested high for uranium. The white plate tested higher for uranium than the red plate. They were made in China. Acidic foods will react with the plate & cause a higher ingestion of uranium (a radioactive element)


nat 22 months ago

Silva, do you know any info on Dr. Mercola, ceramic pots and pans? They are suppose to be lead, aluminum, nickel, iron, chronium, copper, cadmium and other heavy metal free.


Annie 22 months ago

Thanx:-)


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Silva Hayes 22 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thanks to our readers, here's an updated list of what we *think* are lead-free dishes:

Apilco

Bennington Potters

Corelle

Hartstone Pottery

HF Coors

Homer Laughlin

Terra Keramik

Sur La Table


Annie 22 months ago

Silva,

I noticed in your list you did not mention Corelle dinnerware that is made in the USA . I was told by the Company it meets the standard for prop 65, for lead and cadmium ,as it always did.

How come that is not on your list?

Thanx..


AnnMM 23 months ago

I purchased 8 Hartstone Pottery mugs several years ago. My sons use daily. They toss in the sink, dishwasher and then put away and sometimes stacking them. They are not careful with them to say the least. We have no chips at all on them which is pretty amazing for stoneware.

I wanted to ask why Sur La Table was not in the updated list of dishes?

Thank you!


Ann Marie 23 months ago

I just wanted to comment about Hartstone Pottery. I purchased 8 mugs several years ago and they are used daily by adults and two boys. No chips or cracks, they are very durable especially for stoneware. They have been tossed in the sink, then dishwasher, then not carefully double stacked in the pantry by the boys and look as good as new.

I also wanted to ask why Sur La Table was not in your updated list of the lead free?


Kate 23 months ago

Thanks so much for all the research and contributions. I'm definitely using the research in purchasing new dishes.

I wonder if you have any recommendations for a good crockpot. I'm concerned about the heat over time and trying to find one with a lead and cadmium.


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Silva Hayes 23 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Here's my updated list of what we *think* are lead-free dishes:

Apilco

Bennington Potters

Hartstone Pottery

HF Coors

Homer Laughlin

Terra Keramik

About a lead-testing kit you can use at home, I understand that it only tests for surface lead. I emailed Peggy Karr Glass but haven't received a reply.


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Silva Hayes 23 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I will attempt a list -- the problem is that the information changes, companies who manufacture lead-free dishes in the US suddenly send their manufacturing overseas and the formula changes . . . over the next few days I will go over our information and verify that it is as up-to-date as possible.


Monette 23 months ago

wow! Thanks for everyone for doing all this work. My new years resolution is to get rid of the harmful dishes, cups and cookware in my home. Is there a list somewhere with all the acceptable brands?


Carol 23 months ago

Is there a good lead tester we could use to see if our dishes & mugs to see if they are safe to use?


Annie89 23 months ago

Susan B.

I called the website you put up ( Miriam etc.)

I personally do not think, or have found any type of cookware that is healthier .

There's is 100 percent pure.

Handmade in the USA

Although pricey .

If I could afford it , I would buy it..

She lives in the USA , but comes from India.

I mentioned about eating off of silver in her country. She said she never heard of it, but she thought it might be tin that was talked about here!!!

Silver , tin is not healthy to cook from,or eat dinnerware from..

.To much nickel etc.


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Xpictinaki 23 months ago

I found this interesting site which has info on glassware along with a bunch of other stuff: http://www.haz-map.com/leadfact.htm. I found a Correlle pattern I liked, too (yay). On another note: Awhile back when I was doing work on my Masters, I had read about the lead oxide inks used in bread wrappers which were used predominantly in the red, yellow, brown and black dyes; they were supposed to quit using them. Then several years later, the bread started to be double bagged (have an inner wrapper). So now I'm wondering if they quit the lead oxides or just prevented "leaching."


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Silva Hayes 23 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Emile Henry makes a high-quality scratch-resistant product and states on their website that their products are lead- and cadmium-free. However, I wonder if there is a problem with language here. Perhaps they actually mean that although lead and/or cadmium is present, their glaze is such a good quality glaze that it prevents leaching? One commenter here, Bonnie, had hers tested and it did test positive for lead. Another commenter, CTO, sent two of hers to a laboratory and the red product tested extremely high for lead and the yellow one tested positive but much lower. Again, Emile Henry states that their product is lead- and cadmium-free. If I was making a decision based on color, I would probably avoid red and be comfortable with any other color, but most comfortable with white. This is such a mine field for us consumers, trying to wade through such conflicting information!


Farrah 23 months ago

Silva ~ what are you thoughts of this Emile Henry baking dish? Is the colored one ok you think for lead free or leaching or should I stick to the white? Appreciate your help! I'm all new to this research...

http://www.amazon.com/Emile-Henry-10-Inch-Square-J...


Farrah 23 months ago

Thanks MilaVD for you post .... "Someone has suggested stainless steel as an alternative in the comment field. It used to be safe but these days it's often made from scrap metal. Even when it isn't, it's still full of metals like chromium, nickel and manganese, that can cause allergy, learning disabilities and worse. Only cookware made of surgical steel is (supposed to be) safe. I'm switching to olive wood dinnerware now, only side effect is improved health :-)

Anyone have thoughts on the stainless steel pots/pans Kirkland brand from Costco?? We have a 3yr old and very concerned for her health and ours. Thanks!!


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Silva Hayes 23 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I have emailed Peggy Karr Glass and asked about the lead or cadmium content.

Wow, what a scary thing to happen to you and your husband! I don't know; it might have been a combination of boiling and acid in the dish to cause the leaching of lead.

I will come back and post the answer when I receive it. Thanks for commenting!


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Xpictinaki 23 months ago

Two things: First what about glass dishes like Peggy Karr Glass?

Second: I accidentally poisoned my husband and myself when I was a newlywed because I was cooking a dish on the stove that called for weighing it down with a plate (common is some Greek cooking). The plate as it was being boiled with the food, leached out a significant amount into the food which we ate. We got woosy after eating, and I noticed the plate had a silver sheen to it, so we went to the hospital and got tests that showed the lead. Now I'm wondering if that might be an easy way to test dishes...but was it the boiling, the acid in the dish or some combo? Have you heard of this kind of testing?


Susan B 24 months ago

No, non stick cookware is not safe to use. I believe that unglazed pottery specially tested and made for cooking on the stove and in the oven is the only sure safe cooking choice. Take a look at

http://miriamsearthencookware.com

I'm researching purchasing new cookware to replace my stainless steel set.


Annie89 24 months ago

Silva,

Thanks, I'll keep checking back.

This has been a very helpful website you have set up, Thanx. o)..


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Silva Hayes 24 months ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I don't have any info but hopefully someone else will respond.


Annie89 24 months ago

Does anyone know about the new oxo New Non-stick cookware from oxo Good Grip?

This is there lower line of there cookware, Its a rubber type of handle, that feels good in the hand. Although cheap.

This cookware has only been for sale for about 3 weeks.

I have there oxo new 12 inch open pan to do a review on.

The company makes excuses of why they cannot answer my questions, or I'm not asking the right ones o).

They do say its , BPA, PVC, and PFOA , FREE.

It's a shining type of non-stick.

The outside of the pan is, Hard-Anodized.

3 layer Non-stick,

When I called the Company, they said that William Sonoma sells this cookware, which is absolutely Not true.

The cookware is made in China..

Although the new catch word is, "Of Shore"!..

They did not want to say where its made, but finally did!!!

Anymore info on this cookware?

Thank you,

Annie89


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you, Carolyn! Yes, according to what I can find, the new FiestaWare is safe.


Carolyn 2 years ago

According to Wikipedia on Fiesta dinnerware, "It has been found that past glazes have been radioactive or contained lead glazes, but these have been discontinued." Based on this I would assume that all new FiestaWare would be safe for purchase.

Thanks Silva for all this wonderful information. I've been checking the web for the past several days on lead content in dinnerware and have found the most useful information on this site.


Annie89 2 years ago

Hi Marla,

That is true about prop 65, but to my understanding there are not going to be any any dinnerware that is totally Lead and Cadmium free!

Or is there?

If so, what, and is it made in the USA ?

I'm also trying to buy, USA products.. and I do not mean products that the material comes from other countries, but is then made in the Usa.

No China..

I see where packaging on the box reads, Made in the USA, but the contents are not made in the USA.

Very Tricky..


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you, Maria, you are correct. I have noticed that Gibson dinnerware has glaze that is easily scratched by cutlery, therefore allowing any lead to leach out. As a mosaic artist I am constantly trolling the thrift shops looking for beautiful and interesting plates to break, and I will not buy the Gibson brand, or any other that I suspect might contain lead and/or cadmium.


Maria s 2 years ago

proposition 65 compliance does not mean the dishes are lead free, it means the levels of lead do not exceed the govement standards..... I just thre out 2 sets of gibson dinnerware because on the bottom of the dishes it stated complience with prop. 65. I called them and they confirmed that the dishes are not lead free!


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I would stick with clear glass only. Thanks for the visit, Dave.


Dave 2 years ago

You recommend using glass as much as possible, and I agree, but is tinted glass safe? Like those cobalt blue drinking glasses, are they safe? Or should we just stick with clear glass only? Thanks!


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you, MilaVD, for adding information and posting an alternative to our dilemma.


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MilaVD 2 years ago

Someone has suggested stainless steel as an alternative in the comment field. It used to be safe but these days it's often made from scrap metal. Even when it isn't, it's still full of metals like chromium, nickel and manganese, that can cause allergy, learning disabilities and worse. Only cookware made of surgical steel is (supposed to be) safe. I'm switching to olive wood dinnerware now, only side effect is improved health :-)


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Anchor Home is a subsidiary of EveryWare Global, which has plants in the U.S. but also has locations in China and Mexico, and is currently the target of a class action lawsuit due to failure to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. I don't know the specifics of the suit and whether or not it has anything to do with lead and cadmium. It likely is about investors not getting enough return on their money. With large companies in multiple locations, it is difficult to pinpoint 100% whether or not their products contain lead and cadmium. If it were me I would not use the product.


abbie841 2 years ago

Does anyone know if Anchor Home Annapolis Harbour Blue Mugs

are safe?


Annie89 2 years ago

Two days ago I was in Ikea in Napa, Ca.

They say that ALL there dinnerware meets prop 65.

If that is true, how come there is a few patterns that have allot of Red and

Orange, and other bright colors!

Ikea only sells Dinnerware from outside of the USA, and there are not any markings that show low Lead & Cadmium etc.!!

The people that work there, did not know if it meets prop 65..She had to call the manager of the store!!

Also there was a sale on the soup bowls I was looking at..When I looked closer, over 95% where scratch, pitted, and the glazed was bubbled!

I have my doubts about Ikea!


Vanessa 2 years ago

What about Crate and Barrel? Our first set from them was made in Poland. Then the next set was Made in China... boo! Now they are made in Bangaldesh and Indonesia. I've tested them myself with 3M kit and they come up negative for lead. But a few of our dishes are broken or missing and I need new ones. Not sure where to turn and we can't afford Williams Sonoma.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Older dishes from Ikea were found to have high lead content. Perhaps the newer versions have been made with lower or no amounts.


Vanessa 2 years ago

This is a quote from the Lead Safe America article called "Two Bowls" in CTO's post above. Why do you say you'd never eat off Ikea dishes? This tester found them to be free of lead...?

**For instance, nearly all IKEA dishes I have tested for lead with my Niton XRF (testing items in “Consumer Goods/Test All” mode) have been “nondetect” (completely negative) – in terms of not even 1 ppm of lead detected! Very few (two items so far) from Ikea that I have tested were positive, but each of those was also below the global standard for lead toxicity of 90 ppm in total lead content. [90 ppm or above is considered unsafe for use by a child - but this standard is only applied to items manufactured as intended for children.]


Annie89 2 years ago

Many years ago, I bought the Royal Albert Country Rose tea set.

I was surprised when I got it that it said , Made in China.

I have never used it..

Recently I bought the Corelle dinner plates, and large & small bowls with the black rim. I have been using them for everyday. The dinner plates are glass, but we feel we are eating off of Plastic!. There a bit strange..They meet the Ca. Prop 65 for the lowest lead & Cadmium.

Can't get much better then that, and there not expensive. Even Walmart sells them, and Amazon...

I must admit I would not use them for Company.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I would not purchase red dishes of any brand or of any origin. I am shocked (and saddened) to find out that Royal Albert Country Rose is made in China.


violet 2 years ago

I found out that fiesta dishes contain uranium andradioactive materials especially in the red .

Is this true? What color would be safe?

DO YOU RECOMMEND purching these?

ALSO I HAVE ROYAL Albert country rose pattern found out they are not made in England but in China.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Hello, thanks so much for this information!


CTO 2 years ago

Hello -

Update per the Emile Henry dishes posting above. I sent two, a yellow plate and a yellow/white bowl to Lead Safe America for testing. They posted the results of their test at this link comparing it to a red bowl from another designer company. So glad they offer this service! I'm pretty sure I will be eating off these dishes.

http://leadsafeamerica.org/twobowls/


CTO 2 years ago

I wanted to followup on the Emile Henry dishes. I'd like to know how Bonnie tested the dishes. I have found this dishware to be very sturdy, pleasing, and to have a solid glaze that does not scratch easily. I registered for a set of these for my wedding, got two sets and wanted to purchase more. However, before doing this, I also tested the Emile Henry myself using a swab on a dinner plate from the set.

It came up negative.

I used the 3M lead testing kit with the swabs. Let me know if anyone else has tested their dishes and if you've gotten different results.

Last, I think I'm going to send a mug or bowl from my set to the organization below that will test for lead, cadmium among other things. Will make for an interesting blog post at my blog detoxwitch.com:

http://leadsafeamerica.org/resources/test-your-stu...


Annie 89 2 years ago

Hi Silva,

Thanks for posting World Kitchens's reply about Corelle's Lead and Cadmium that is not in there Glass dinnerware.

I talked to Doug at the company(World Kitchen), and I was told just about the samething.

Which it does meet Prop 65 in California, of Lead and Cadmium. Although it's cut into , it would leach into there dinnerware!

The mugs are Ceramic although made in China, are suppose to be lead & cadmium free!.

Some people on Amazon have said they have thrown the mugs out, because they didn't look good!

My understanding is, California does set the standard for the Usa.

Although different States in the Usa do not have to meet that stardard, even if it is made in the Usa.

Although Correle does, it is Not totally lead free, but a very low amount of Lead & Cadmium like some other companies do.

If other companies are selling in California there's has to meet the standard,

I live in Ca. and there is suppose to be signs put up in stores to say if there is Lead etc. in the product. I only notice it is done with Lead Crystal, but not with any type of dinnerware !

I just returned to a store , 16 soup bowls, as they did not have a sign up.

I did not have my receipt, and this store does Not give Cash back. But since I called them on there mistake, and they knew it come from there store, they gave me my cash back, and was Very Nice..

This store also said, they are starting to put up signs about lead content!

I notice in Homegoods there is only signs for lead crystal.

Macy's is starting to put up signs. I'm glad to see some people are starting to speak up in stores about lead & cadmium in dinnerware and drinking glasses etc.

There is some stoneware that meets Ca. Prop 95..

If we do not speak up, nothing is going to happen even if it's the Law.

We will be lied to (harsh word), as Almost all sales people do not have a clue about lead. There not informed because the store wants to keep there dirty secret.

(not rereading,hope this is ok lol)


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Regarding the questions about Corelle, I received a response today:

"Thank you for contacting World Kitchen, LLC:

“We appreciate your concern. World Kitchen values the safety of its products. You will be comforted to know that we routinely test our Corelle® products for harmful lead or cadmium content at certified, internationally-recognized third-party testing laboratories. The tests are conducted using protocols developed by the National Institute for Standards that form the basis for industry standards and regulatory testing mandates for lead or cadmium leachate in tableware, including mugs. (Lead content that is not a leachate poses no health risks). We are unable to share testing data with you as it is proprietary. We wish to assure you, however, that our testing confirms that Corelle® products comply with all applicable federal and state safety regulations, including those relating to lead and other heavy metals content, and they are safe to use in a manner consistent with their use and care instructions.”

For further assistance, please contact our Consumer Care Center at 800-999-3436. Representatives are available from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, EST, and will be more than happy to assist you.

Sincerely,

Yasmina

World Kitchen Consumer Care Center"


Annie 89 2 years ago

Hi Silva,

I finally got through, and Only the mugs are ceramic and made in china..

The dinner Ware is glass and made in the USA, but all of it Doug said, meets the California standards.. even the mugs from China.

ALL Very low lead.

Thank you So much..


Annie 89 2 years ago

Jimmy,

I'm thinking only the Glaze is Lead free.

What about under the glaze if it should chip?


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I emailed them and I'm awaiting a response. Will let you know what they say.


Annie 89 2 years ago

Do you know if the Corelle Impressions (watercolor) has Lead, or Cadmium in it?

I have tried calling them two times, but the recording said there in Training!!!

Or what Corelle is safe to eat from?

Your website has been such a eye opener.

We all try and to the right thing for our family, and our selfs, and it seems to backfire on us, so to speak..

Eating Organic, growing our own!!

Thank you,


Jinny 2 years ago

OK, I just ordered mugs from Mug Revolution. They have records of testing (I really hope they are legit!). They are handmade in Oregon, so I am hoping they are sincere in their reporting.

Nice looking mugs, too!


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Great information to have. Thank you so much, Jinny. I will go back into the article and add the link you provided.


Jinny 2 years ago

I just came across this -- lead free and cadmium free coffee mugs! From Oregon. They claim they are certified.

https://www.mugrevolution.com/


jinny 2 years ago

Hello

so far i have narrowed my choice to homer laughlin and hartstone

any thoughts on choosing between them?

I have some glass coffee mugs. Could these be lead ?? so frustrating. thanks


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

From all the information that I can glean from on-line articles, I personally would feel comfortable using Homer Laughlin.


jinny 2 years ago

thoughts on Homer Laughlin? I have an older set bought at the thrift shop that say "Lead-Free" on the bottom on each dish. I am wanting to purchase mugs from them, but fear cadmium. Any experience with HL? and has anyone tested HL? Thank you for your hard work.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.


Christine 2 years ago

Thank you for your interest in Denby products. To clarify past discussions, Denby manufactures a variety of distinctive and versatile product lines which we take pride in for their durability and safety. We have been making our stoneware from locally sourced clay in England for over 200 years and that will remain the same. Our Cookware and China dinnerware collections however, such as Grace, James Martin, White and Monsoon are all outsourced from China and Portugal as our factory does not have those capabilities. Many of our customers purchase Denby for the Made In England quality and in no way do we want to misinform them.

Denby has always been made for real people and real homes. This is why we have confidently manufactured our products to be oven, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. We always want to keep our consumers safe therefore no matter where our product is manufactured, we have very high quality control standards and no lead or cadmium is used during the manufacturing of any of our products.

If you have any questions regarding our products or brand, our team is happy to help! Email: questions@denbyusa.com.


shanna 2 years ago

Thank you Silva! I contacted Susan Beers again and inquired about the stoneware (as those were what I had wanted) she quickly responded with saying all of the stoneware is still made in England. I did not ask about the others but I assume since she said stoneware there may others that arent. Im certainly glad the pieces I want are from England. Thank you for all of your research! It is so overwhelming sometimes just to buy simple things in this country anymore. It would be nice to not have to worry about something as simple as the plate we eat off of. It seems the list of contaminants grows everyday. Hoping for change:)


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Hi, Shanna. I can only say that, if it's made in China, I would not be comfortable with their claim that it does not contain lead or cadmium. Denby, like many, many other companies, could make that statement in the past, but once they lose control over the manufacturing process by sending it to China, they can no longer with 100% confidence make that claim. In the past, certain manufacturing companies in China have been well known for substituting the materials in the specifications they are given.


shanna 2 years ago

Thanks for all of the helpful information! I just emailed Denby and asked if their dinnerware is lead and cadmium free. I received a response in less than an hour from Susan Beers stating that yes they were processed with no lead or cadmium. Your thoughts? Im confused from earlier posts. TIA


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you for this information.


Kaki 2 years ago

In my ongoing search to find some cute dinnerware, I called today and found out that Rachel Ray dinnerware is all lead free according to what the manufacturer told me.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Kaki, I'm glad you dropped by here and read the article and the comments. It is an on-going process, it seems, with constantly changing information.


Kaki 2 years ago

Thanks for this very informative info. I am in the process of buying some new bowls and after reading this maybe all new dinnerware. I have been asking the question about lead, etc. and don't feel like most of the people at the various companies are qualified to give me the correct answers. I think they just don't know at most places. I will use your recommendations to buy where I know it is correct info. Thanks again for all the time you spent for all of us on this. KC


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you!


Ismail 2 years ago

Dinnerware by Caleca is also lead free.It is made in Italy.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I don't know much about Duralex; just that it is 100% made in France, and its Picardie tumblers are well thought of. I had heard that they were in process of bankruptcy several years ago, so unless that changed, their wares will become more scarce.


Deb Moore 2 years ago

sorry Duralex - typo


Deb Moore 2 years ago

I just watched the video of how they make there dinnerware. No lead - yeah , they say toxic free - yeah , but then mention on the video that Aluminum is added. I am fearful, that every company is using something we don't want.

But, I am going to keep looking.

I'm going to try glass next. Do you know much about Duraplex?


Deb Moore 2 years ago

Wow - Silva you are quick! :)

I have spent so much time on the internet checking out what to buy. I only wished I had come to your site first. Thanks so much!!!

It's perfect timing for me. I coming to American in March so I will order these and send them to the hotel I will be staying at.

I'm sure many people will be helped with all your work.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Their home page states, "Welcome to HF Coors, a Made in America, full-line manufacturer of commercial quality, ceramic dinnerware, kitchenware, pantryware, and chefsware˙. HF Coors dishes are vitrified, lead free, cadmium free and pass California Prop 65. Every piece is microwave, oven, broiler, freezer, dishwasher safe... and they are even BUSBOY safe! We have been serving the food service industry for over 85 years." They are located in Tucson, AZ.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Here is a link to their "American Bistro" set (plain white) which states that it is cadmium-free. Their web site states everywhere else that all their dishes are lead-free.

http://www.hfcoorsdinnerware.com/ambi12pidise.html


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Go here: http://www.hfcoorsdinnerware.com/

I just now found this website, thanks to you Deb Moore, and I will edit the article and add this into the body of it. There is a plain white set of dishes called "American White," in addition to their colorful designs. I hope this works for you.

Christina, five months ago, came on here with a question about HF Coors also.


Deb Moore 2 years ago

Thank you for so much work and effort. I can see it has taken a lot of hard work. You need to be commended.

My body is apparently off the charts with lead and mercury causing lung and thyroid problems which no doctors for years could figure out what was wrong with me. I went to 8 major specialist 2years ago and they all said I was fine. I knew if I couldn't breathe and my wanted to sleep and day and my body was frozen cold even in 78 + degree weather there is something wrong. I am thankful to have a Natural Path Doctor now who is working on removing it.

My question is;

At this point I don't care what my dishes, glasses, mugs etc look like, in your opinion what is the BEST dishes to purchase? and any idea where to purchase them?


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you so much for your visit and comment, Kimberly.


Kimberly 2 years ago

Thank you soooo much! You have been the most help yet. So I deeply appreciate your efforts. God bless!


Cindy 2 years ago

oh sorry - please ignore my post until I find the right dishes I am interested in.


Cindy 2 years ago

Jeremy - are these the dishes you bought? I would love to replace what my family is using. Silva - do you agree that these would be okay. Thank you both so much for taking the time to post all this great info from what you have discovered. Silva this is an amazingly helpful page!


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thank you, Barry. I agree 100%. Shame on our politicians for allowing them to get by with that.


Barry 2 years ago

Please read prop 65 to the end . All any manufacture etc, including cars, has to do is post a sign that says the chemicals in this product may cause Cancer. They do not have to limit how much cancer causing chemical that they use. Shame on our politicians for allowing them to get by with that! We are exposed to so many toxic clothing, furniture, TV, Cars etc in our home it is impossible to avoid it. Google Toxic Clothing and also look at Greenpeace.com for how it also affects water etc.


jeremy 2 years ago

I'm the owner of exposing lead from above. Great blog here. I've tested a lot of dinnerware. Looking through the chain here corningware baking dishes often contain arsenic. In newly purchased sets, it appears its not there anymore. Plain glass like Pyrex is typically good. When I say good, I loom for lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, antimony. Stay away from using cups and plates from the pottery where you make it and they fire it. I've tested several pieces for people with high blood lead levels we believe to be a result of it. Cadmium is typically found in red pigments. As far as country, I don't find it matters. Its not illegal to use lead, but it can't leach. My old mikasa had 2.5% lead and .5% arsenic. Keep in mind, different sets have different results, like my nortaki has no lead, another set was high in lead. Correll, Fiestaware are recemmonded brands. I purchased the mainstay from wal-mart and its good. I purchased the color blue. With lead often yellow pigments are the concerns, so yellow, brown, red, green and orange. This is true for kids toys too, as well as vinyl, like bean bags. Often panini grills show lead. Artificial house plants often have lead. Bounce houses often have lead. The list goes on. I'll check back here and try to answer any question that arise.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

However, there also seems to be concern that the old iron cookware might contribute to Alzheimers . . . I have read some good reviews on WearEver Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic Coating (aluminum base) PTFE-PFOA-Cadmium Free and Flameware Cookware by Longaberger. supposed to be natural, non-reactive ceramic. No PFOAs, aluminum or heavy metals. For use on stovetop, grill, broiler, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer and tabletop. Hope this helps somewhat. I cannot recommend anything 100% -- we can only take the manufacturer's word for it.


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Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

It seems to be accepted that iron is the safest type of skillet/baking pan. If one uses coated cookware, do not subject it to high heat and discard it when the cooking surface becomes damaged. I will continue to research this issue and post again. Hope things goes well for you, Heidi. Please come back and let us know.


Heidi Hower 2 years ago

Hi Silva,

Thanks for the great information. I have been researching about this topic since I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer a few months ago. I was told Kidney cancer can be caused by Cadmium. I had no idea the non stick pans I have been using for 10 years were most likely killing us! I have been trying to find the safest pots/pans dishes and cookware but have had no luck. Lots of contradictory information out there. You have mentioned a lot of lead free safe products. In your research have you found an all around safe lead, Cadmium, PFOA & PTFE- free product for stove top cooking, baking and eating on? I'm scared to use anything :( Thanks


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Yes. I understand that they state that their products are lead-free, and that Williams Sonoma tests products before they offer them for sale.


3 years ago

Silva--Would you add Pillivuyt porcelain dinnerware from Williams Sonoma to the list you would feel comfortable buying?


Linne Marchand 3 years ago

Wow! So much has been added since I last posted. I have also discovered Hartstone Pottery in Zanesville, OH is lead free.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

"In my opinion," if it says lead and cadmium-free, that means there is no lead or cadmium in the porcelain body or in the glaze. I am by no means an authority, however.


JD 3 years ago

Thank you so much for your reply & information! Can you clarify for me, though-- if dishware says lead & cadmium-free, does that mean the actual plate does not contain these things or that just the glaze doesn't contain them? I just picked up a set of Revol dishes today and, to me (who is extremely picky! :), there seems to be some miniscule scratches on a few of the pieces. They wouldn't be visible to anyone not specifically looking for them, but if I run a fingernail over them, it feels like a tiny divot. If there is no lead/cadmium in the actual dish material, then I'm not terribly concerned, but if this claim means that they're just not in the glaze only, then I might need to return the dishes for some unflawed pieces. One other note--I've noticed that the bottom rims of dishes from various porcelain manufacturers seem to be unglazed or not "as" glazed as the rest of the piece. Is this a common characteristic of porcelain dishes? Thanks so much for your help! And if anyone else out there has any personal experiences w/Revol, I'd much appreciate it, too!


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

From the websites of Cheftools.com, Didriks.com, Amazon.com, and other outlets, the description of Revol states that it is free of lead and cadmium. This from Cheftools:

“ . . . Revol porcelain is the cream of the crop of culinary-grade porcelain, containing neither cadmium nor lead. It is fired at an ultra-high temperature (2408 F), making it nonporous and 100 percent hygienic. Revol porcelain bakeware and cookware will not absorb fats, odors or bacteria. The exceptionally hard material of Revol porcelain is resistant to chipping and thermal shock. The fine art of Revol Porcelaine Culinaire is also a science, perfected and practiced as a family-run company in Saint-Uze, France since 1789. Practical, elegant Revol porcelain goes beautifully from oven to table, and is also freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Imported from France.”


JD 3 years ago

Do you have any info on Revol France (carried by Sur La Table)? Seems to be lead & cadmium-free, though I cannot find much feedback on this brand online. Thank you!!


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Anchor-Hocking is lead-free. You might consider Nordic Ware, American-made, BPA-free plastic plates. Otherwise, I generally would not use plastic dinnerware; that just presents a whole other set of problems -- melamine, BPA, etc.


Marci 3 years ago

Silva Hayes

Had no idea about all this; I was just about to order some Dansk or (worse)Gibson Home dishes over on Walmart. I saw the post above....

"I would feel comfortable buying: Hartstone Pottery, Denby, Apilco, Anchor Hocking, Fishs Eddy, from Sur La Table online, Pyrex,..."

So Silva, when you say pyrex, does that refer to bowls/dinner ware etc? Do they have modern or just vintage and would vintage Pyrex dinnerware be ok, or would that be a no-no. I was looking at, http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pyrex-10-Ounce-Custard-B... And so what about just using plastic dinnerware, or is this even worse?


Christina 3 years ago

Does anyone know if HF Coors dinnerware is lead and cadmium free?


Marvin 3 years ago

Canister set by Certified International "Patrical Brubaker" -- Is this a safe set to use or has it been recalled? Thanks!


Kelly 3 years ago

Does anyone know if Anchor Hocking is safe? They say they are lead free and made in USA. I'll call on Mon to see about cadmium, etc.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Helpful information, lemom! Thanks so much.


lemom 3 years ago

Just wanted to share the email response that I received from World Kitchen regarding lead content in Pyrex and Corningware, which leads me to believe that they are NOT lead free:

"Thank you for contacting World Kitchen, LLC:

“We appreciate your concern. World Kitchen values the safety of its products. You will be comforted to know that we routinely test our Corningware® and Pyrex® products for harmful lead or cadmium content at certified, internationally-recognized third-party testing laboratories. The tests are conducted using protocols developed by the National Institute for Standards that form the basis for industry standards and regulatory testing mandates for lead or cadmium leachate in tableware, including mugs. (Lead content that is not a leachate poses no health risks). We are unable to share testing data with you as it is proprietary. We wish to assure you, however, that our testing confirms that Corningware® and Pyrex® products comply with all applicable federal and state safety regulations, including those relating to lead and other heavy metals content, and they are safe to use in a manner consistent with their use and care instructions.” This information is valid for older and current products."

I'll be switching to Anchor Hocking, which has a clear statement that their products are lead free and made in the US.

Hope this helps others.


Hanna 3 years ago

Thank you all for the good information. To add another layer of challenge is the fact that an item can say made in France (or other country) but actually many parts and materials may come from china or other locations yet be finally assembled in the country it says it was "made in". I am researching if there is a mandatory percentage

Does anyone know about allclad and Le cruset location for sourcing their materials and where they are "made in?"

Thank you

Also on tea pots try researching the glass ones u can plug in.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Yes, Pyrex baking dishes are those glass rectangular ones. I would go with stainless steel tea kettle. As one of our readers commented above, in India, Hindus eat only on stainless steel plates and use only stainless steel in their cooking.


Judy 3 years ago

Sounds like Pyrex is what I meant to find & meant that when I mentioned Corningware, etc....Isn't it Pyrex that they use a lot in the baking dishes for meatloaf, etc., and what about finding a tea kettle (i guess with whistle) but preferably no aluminum or stainless steel heating element? What would be the healthiest?


Judy 3 years ago

And what about the content of the colorful dinnerware as well as goblet glassware sold at the dollar stores in our country...would these not be of possible concern, as well as even the beautiful Scandinavian oven ware set of dishes and serving dishes I have had for years? It is only in the past year or two that it has dawned on me re the possibility that we are baking and microwaving unwanted lead into our bodies! Should there not be more labeling? And how about the tea kettle materials with the whistles..does anyone know the safest type to use to boil water? I had thought Corning ware that I guess the closest right now would be Corelle, if they even make such items??


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Rhonda, that is so disappointing to hear, but valuable information to know. Thank you so much for coming on here and letting our readers know.


Rhonda 3 years ago

About Denby;

I just purchased dishes from an authorized Denby retailer and to my surprise when the dishes arrived they had a sticker on them saying "made in china" I contacted Denby via email and they repiled back to my email within an hour. Below is my email and response.

-----Original Message-----

From: Rhonda

Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 3:16 PM

To: Susan Beers Marketing Assistant Denby USA Limited

Subject: Denby Monsoon Chrysanthemum collection

I just received my order from one of your authorized retailers, and my dishes have stickers on them saying MADE IN CHINA. Is this true? I called the company and they said Denby is now made in China. I wanted to check with you to make sure. All the articles i have read stated Denby was made in England.

Please clarify,

Thank you,

Rhonda,

The majority of our line, specifically the stoneware collection is made in

England. All Porcelain and White collections are made in Portugal and lastly

all China collections, Ceramic Oven to Table pieces, Cast Iron and glassware is

made in China.

Susan Beers

Marketing Assistant

Denby USA Limited

I am returning the dishes needless to say. This is very disappointing. The sign at Macy's clearly stated these dishes are " Made in England." I called Mrs. Beers and pointed this out to her and she said she would notify her marketing department.


Alan 3 years ago

This one looks (and sounds) great. I will contact them and get more info.

Thanks again.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Arc International, France, seemed like a good possibility but I cannot find where they make a tea pot and infuser. Here is a link to a teapot made in Japan stated to be lead and cadmium-free: http://theteaspot.com/infusions-glass-teapot-with-...


Alan 3 years ago

I appreciate very much your help.

One note on Ikea. I have bought some glassware there (glasses, bowls, plates…) over the years that were manufactured in Spain, Portugal and France. I assume they are OK to use. Just a few weeks ago I bought a few nice glasses made in France.

Also, I stay away from Bodum. From what I can see all their stuff is made in China.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Wayfair responded that their product is made in China. I will keep looking.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Wayfair has a glass tea pot with loose tea infuser. I just emailed them asking the country of origin and will post again when I receive a response.


Alan 3 years ago

Spoke to Denby today (800 374-6479 (ext 116)). They referred me to their website and also told me that all their porcelain and bone china products are manufactured in China. However, according to them, it should be lead free. Somehow, “made in China” makes me a little nervous. Here is the link to their "Why Choose Denby " http://www.denbyusa.com/all-about-denby/why-choose... The statement on that page does not sound very reassuring, particularly now that I found out that a lot of their products are manufactured in China.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Northwest Glass Designs offer glass products made in Taiwan, and they say they are lead-free and better than the ones made in China.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Argh! When I ordered a Swing-A-Way can opener online -- they have traditionally been made in the USA -- when it arrived, it stated on the packaging, "Made in China, may contain cancer-causing materials" (I am not kidding!). I sent it back and the seller did not refund my money.


Alan 3 years ago

Thanks again.

Already spoke to them - they are made in China! It is very easy to be misled by a company like that. The rule of thumb is you have to verify.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Check out Grosche . . . made in Canada. This may be an option for you.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

I would strive to find one made elsewhere.


Alan 3 years ago

Thank you!

Many of these Borosilicate Glass infusers and teapots are made in China so it kind of stops me from purchasing one...


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Alan, I'm no expert but based on internet research, I would be comfortable using these products.


Alan 3 years ago

What is your take on Borosilicate Glass - particularly teapots and infusers made from this glass?

Also, do you think Medelco Glass Stovetop Whistling Kettle is safe?

Thanks


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

A Proposition 65 enforcement action prompted manufacturers to decrease the lead content in ceramic tableware (not eliminate it entirely).

Here is one of the best sources of information I can find about the testing for lead and the leaching of lead in ceramic tableware.

http://cchealth.org/lead-poison/pdf/ceramics.pdf


Colorfast 3 years ago

I am looking for dinnerware, and my husband's only constraint was "lead free." I quickly found, easier said than done. Glad to see that Apilco is verified. Beautiful dinnerware, but not cheap. So I am looking at alternatives.

Do you know anything about the Pantry line at Williams Sonoma? If they meet Prop 65, doesn't that mean there could still be some lead in the plate (although not very much)? Also, do you know if Prop 65 is testing for lead with the gun, or lead that is leaching?

I am also looking at a restaurant supply place that sells each piece by the dozen or by the case. Members of the public are allowed to place orders there, not just restaurant owners. It includes the white Homer Laughlin China in several patterns and also Tuxton. Does anyone have information on Tuxton?

Finally, one of the sites I found that was pretty interesting was this investigative report done in Indiana: http://www.wthr.com/story/12465018/13-investigates...


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

To update, I personally would not use: Villa Della Luna or any Pfaltzgraff, Ikea, Gibson, Corelle, Dansk, or Lenox. I would buy based on origin, first from EU, then US and Canada. I would totally avoid China and Central America. I would avoid decorations and bright colors, especially reds (although the newer Fiestaware is supposed to be safe).

If a cup or bowl is extremely hot to the touch after microwaving, I would throw it away.

I would not eat from vintage plates.

I would feel comfortable buying: Hartstone Pottery, Denby, Apilco, Anchor Hocking, Fishs Eddy, from Sur La Table online, Pyrex, and Homer Laughlin's newer Fiestaware, not the ones from 1930s - 1950s. Sengware is out of business. Plain white ceramic or glassware is probably safe (?) and I would throw away any dinnerware with cracks, crazing, or those ugly lead-colored marks made from our knives and forks. You might consider eating from stainless steel dinnerware.

This are just my conclusions, based on a lot of confusing, contradictory information out there. The consumer is on shaky ground here. Some companies, when contacted, provide glib answers that really avoid Yes or No answers. They may say they comply with guidelines, when we know the guidelines are not good enough. Others are perhaps more honest and admit that, Yes, there is some minute amount of lead in their dinnerware.

Now, what do we drink out of? That's a whole 'nother body of research. Should we worry about our knives and forks? Hopefully not, if we buy stainless steel.


3 years ago

How about Lenox? I tested the Holiday pattern that I order recently and the result is RED which mean it is possitive. I called Lenox and they say their products meet or exceed FDA standard. I still do not feel comfortable using them. Does anyone have any information on Lenx chinaware?


Shawna 4 years ago

Hi, I just wondered if anyone has any information on the levels of lead in the Villeroy and boch I see that their glassware is in compliance with prop 65 BUT it is made with lead crystal. And that glassware is something most would use for daily use. Also does anyone know of other glassware that looks like this that is lead free?


Aparna 4 years ago

Hi,

Thanks for the great information. I want to know if we can store drinking water in Ceramic dispensers, if in case, they're not lead free?


Tony 4 years ago

How about bamboo plates and bowls?


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Hi, Donna, according to everything I can find, it is lead-free.


Donna 4 years ago

Hi, there thank you for all that great information! I wanted to know if Pyrex glasswear has lead? I have started buying this because it supposed to be BPA Free but I have not payed attention to it being lead-free.


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Riedel, Houdini, BergHOFF, and Ravenscroft are lead free and sold on Amazon.


Katia 4 years ago

Thanks for research. Do you know any brands for glass ware that is lead free? I was at Bed Bath and Beyond and saw some nice wine glass and next to them was a list of brands whose products contain lead. So why do they still sell it? So any brands that are lead free?

thanks


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thanks so much for the information, Linne.


Linne Marchand 4 years ago

I must be tired. Here is the link for the posting of lead testing as mentioned above.

http://exposinglead.com/uploadfolder/leadplatesres...


Linne Marchand 4 years ago

I just finished my research and bought Pillivuyt porcelain dinnerware from Williams Sonoma. Excellent quality, service and no lead or cadmium. I also found a pdf from a testing company who posted results of a lead survey done in 2007 on various dinnerware companies that I thought looked interesting.


Linne Marchand 4 years ago

Thanks for doing the research and posting here. I have also read the same. Here is another pottery company to add to the list of safe dinnerware. Bennington from Vermont.


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Sandy, that is such interesting information. I did not know that Hindus used stainless steel. There is no good answer about testing your dishes for lead. All I could find out is that home testing kits detect surface lead only and the tests that determine if lead is leaching out from a dish has to be done in a lab and is expensive. Thank you so much for your comments.


sandy 4 years ago

In India, Hindus eat only in s.s. steel plates. We cook in s.s steel untensil, we drink water in s.s. steel tumbler, our soup bowls are made out ss steel. Our grain storing cansiters are made out of ss steel. In southern part even tea and coffee mugs are steel. Olden days it used to be brass cooking utensils, polised with some white coloured metals every six month. But maintainance was cumbersome and hence people have switched to ss steel. In some coastal India, they eat on Banana leaf. Some high end restaurant up today, they serve food on Banana leaf. In olden days rich people used to eat in pure silver plates. But now a days, all over the world, they are mixing different metals and it is not good. It will be good if people switch to ss steel, we can save a lot because there will be no breakages. I am here in USA but in every visit, I buy some steel plates and bowls and tumblers and when ever I host party, I do not use styrofoam. Upto 50 people I can serve in ss steel dinnerware.

Last but not the least, I do have some China dinnerware, and would like to know how to test them for lead


SJ 5 years ago

Thanks for the great information. Pfaltzgraff no longer has factories in the USA. I have some orginal Pfaltzgraff dinnerware from 12 years ago, right before they started closing all their US factories. I am concerned about most of their dinnerware now and haven't purchased any new dinnerware yet. I wish more companies would be honest and forethcoming with their safety standards.


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Thanks for this information, Bonnie!


Bonnie 5 years ago

We just had ours tested. Emile Henry came up with a high lead content. Villeroy & Boch came up high lead, mercury, Y arsenic.


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas Author

Meissa, thanks for your comment. This is such an important matter for all of us to know about.


Meissa 5 years ago

Thank you! This is very helpful. I appreciate your taking the time to research this subject.

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