Blue vintage mixing bowl by “Bauer, Los Angeles”.
When tested with an XRF instrument the bowl pictured had the following readings:
- Lead (Pb): 454,100 parts per million (ppm) on the outside
- Lead (Pb): 474,100 ppm on the inside (the FOOD SURFACE of the bowl!)
Important to note, the bowl also tested negative with Lead Check swab. LeadCheck swabs are not designed to test dishes. To read more about this Click HERE.)
Takeaway: Why take the risk of using a bowl like this, with such an incredibly high level of lead? The only way to know for sure if the Lead is leaching into the contents is to send it to a lab, and that is very expensive (it would likely cost many times the value of the bowl to have it tested appropriately.) Home Lead leaching tests are not reliable for testing the toxicity of items like this.
This bowl belonged to a very good friend of mine who died in her early 40s. She brought this bowl over to me for testing about 18 months before she died. When we discussed her illness (ALS), she mentioned that this was her grandmother’s bowl and her grandmother used to use it on a regular basis for all of her baking and cooking and now she used it on a regular basis… it was her “go-to” bowl. She stopped using it after I tested it.
Note: I am not saying that if you have this particular bowl it will definitely poison the people using it. I am saying that the anecdotal evidence here is that the owner died very young, leaving a young child and husband behind and, whether or not her early death is connected to the fact that she used high lead cookware for decades, there is no reason for one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man to be in our cookware. Period.
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