Myth: “Plain white china is usually Lead-free.” For your consideration, Homer Laughlin Ceramic Plate: 75,032 ppm Lead.

Homer Laughlin White Ceramic Plate: 75,032 ppm Lead.

White plate by Homer Laughlin: 75,032 ppm lead.
Pre-2015, exact year unknown. Made in U.S.A.

Homer Laughlin White Ceramic Plate: 75,032 ppm Lead.There’s a common myth circulating around the internet (and among home hazard assessors and others in the business of lead poisoning prevention too) that plain white simple ceramic dishes are generally Lead-free. This simply is not true and the Homer Laughlin plate pictured on this post is a good example of that.

On the other hand there ARE a lot of Lead-free simple white choices if you know where to look. Restaurant supply stores are a good (inexpensive) place to start your search. Ikea also has good Lead-free or Lead-safe choices and now even Crate & Barrel seems to have realized that this is something their customers are looking for in a product. Many new Crate & Barrel choices I have tested recently have been completely Lead-free! [LINK]

Homer Laughlin is the manufacturer of the Fiestaware brand. New Fiestaware white pieces I have tested have either been Lead-free or Lead-safe** (Click HERE to see some examples), so that’s an option too.

**”Lead-safe” (for the purposes of my blog) means “below 90 parts per million Lead.”

Here’s a link to a good new white Fiestaware set on Amazon.*

Click HERE to see more examples of white china I have tested, including several Lead-free options.


Read more about testing dishes here.


To see the #LeadFree dishes I use in my home, click here.

For more #SaferChoices for your family, Click HERE.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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Homer Laughlin White Ceramic Plate: 75,032 ppm Lead.

2 Responses to Myth: “Plain white china is usually Lead-free.” For your consideration, Homer Laughlin Ceramic Plate: 75,032 ppm Lead.

  1. Kelly December 26, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    This is scary. Employees probably think they’re working near safe materials. Is this separate from their Fiesta line?

    • Tamara December 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

      I believe this is an older piece.

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