… one beauty queen from the mid-west is apparently willing to risk her crown by writing false and slanderous statements about me publicly on social media (in an effort to disprove my findings!) Oy! [We’ve saved her screenshots, and hopefully she will stop!] These are passionate collectors I guess! No wonder the video Carissa and I created not yet 48 hours ago has since had 575 comments, 247 shares, and 33,900 views already! Wowza!
This Rae Dunn Coffee Mug (pictured below on this post, Made in China, by “Magenta”) tested positive for a very low trace level of lead on the outside (under the 90 ppm set by the CPSC as considered within safe range for items intended for children), and it was unfortunately positive for a higher level of lead on the black glazed inside (300% of that CPSC “safe” level for toys). You can learn more about my concerns for lead in new pottery pieces by reading this post.
Click here or scroll down to watch the video
we originally posted on Facebook!
(& to read the more than 600 comments!!!)
The testing on these pieces was done with a (Niton XL3T) XRF instrument. This is the very same state-of-the-art scientific instrument used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to determine the presence of lead (and related regulatory compliance) for toys and other items “intended for children”.
HOWEVER, important to note: There is currently no regulatory standard for an “acceptable” level for lead content in dishware, as detectable with an XRF; the sole relevant regulatory standard — leach-testing — is a test that only aims to address whether it “leaches” any detectable lead at the time of manufacture — generally regarded as a reliable determinant of whether there is any immediate hazard or risk to the consumer at the time of manufacture.
In case you are new to my site: As the mother of lead poisoned children, it is my personal opinion that there should be no lead at all in any modern/newly manufactured dishware or mugs. Lead is a potent neurotoxin and does not belong anywhere near our food.
XRF readings on this mug:
White outside, apprx.
• 85 ppm lead (+/- 35 ppm) & arsenic: 48 (+/27 ppm)
Black glazed inside, apprx:
• 319 ppm lead (+/- 74 ppm)
Check out the video on Facebook
(and, for entertainment!, scroll down to read all the comments when you do!)
As of Saturday, February 24th at 5:08 pm;