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Valued Contributor
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Registered: ‎04-03-2016

Test for Lead Content

Is there a test for lead content? Especially concerned about coffee cups and bowls. Since my Pottery Barn cups way too hot from microwave I am suspicious.
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 5,154
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Test for Lead Content

This is the kind I usually get-

You can order online.Walmart has them also.

 I've pretty much tested everything in our home, over the years.

Only one or 2 things showed lead-they were some large pottery I bought at a consignment shop.I was happy to see that the dishes, cups from china had no lead.

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Respected Contributor
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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Test for Lead Content

You can pick one up from a good old fashioned hardware store.

 

If it tests positive, please call the FDA. They are responsible for testing dishes, serveware, etc. that's imported into the USA.

 

While they do a good job of sampling, tainted items can find their way into our country.

Esteemed Contributor
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Registered: ‎02-22-2015

Re: Test for Lead Content

Didn't know there was anything available to check lead content. Thanks so much!

Esteemed Contributor
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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Test for Lead Content

If you are looking for lead free dishware, Fiesta is a good way to go.  

 

Years ago, I would've never given them a thought, but now with the worries of lead and toxic paint, etc. , I can count on Fiesta for my table ware and bakeware.

 

Made in the USA, too!

Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 7,796
Registered: ‎05-01-2010

Re: Test for Lead Content

I just made sure my coffee cups weren’t made in China. They’re made in Portugal, guess I should check them anyway.

Respected Contributor
Posts: 4,753
Registered: ‎03-12-2010

Re: Test for Lead Content

I get the whole, some might get through thing, as I have a collectors glass from the McDonald's Shrek collection that has the cadmium tainted paint. I use it for pens. The cups may not be really made well for microwave use or you are microwaving them for too long in one go. Try using less time in spurts. You can also write Pottery Barn or google to see if there are any complaints about those particular cups. That may be able to tell you more quickly than anything else.
Valued Contributor
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Registered: ‎04-03-2016

Re: Test for Lead Content

@ in the bay
And other responders

Thank you for this valuable information. I don’t know why I had never thought of an available kit , especially from reputable brand. I will immediately pick up and go through kitchen.