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Lead in Crystal and Dinnerware - is it safe?
California proposition 65 was passed in 1986. The proposition requires posting a warning on certain patterns of tableware and crystal that may exposed one to lead, a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Lead in crystal:
The risk of lead release is lower if the crystal ware is only used over the course of a meal. According to Health Canada "Tests show that the amount of lead in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages when consumed from a crystal glass during a meal is usually well below 0.2 parts per million, the maximum lead concentration allowed in food and beverages in Canada". The United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations limit lead in drinking water to 15 micrograms per liter.
Lead in dinnerware:
According to Environmental defense, "If you are buying new dishes, there is no reason to run any risk at all. Dishes with lead-free glazes and decorations are being made today by many companies, and many more are moving in that direction. Also, many patterns are so well made that they meet the strict California standards.”
Ask Before You Buy
Contact the federal Food and Drug Administration if you are considering buying china and are not from California. They have a helpful new information service. U.S. FDA and the Chinese government are working together to certify Chinese tableware manufacturers whose products meet U.S. federal lead standards go to the Food and Drug Administration website for more information.
What Can You Be Sure Of?
Stoneware dishes like Denby, Johnson Brothers and Emeril- are fairly heavy and are normally coated with a material that contains no lead. If they are decorated on the surface they may contain lead.
Lead-free china like Vera Wang, Barbara Barry and most Wedgwood patterns-- look just like other china but is made with lead-free glazes and pigments. Very low-lead china meets the strict California warning standards. The Shopper's Guide lists many brands and patterns that do so.
Foods and Beverages: