XRF test results for the dish pictured:
Front (plain white glazed):
• Lead (Pb): 2,363 +/- 78 ppm
• Arsenic (As): 172 +/- 52 ppm
White area with red words:
• Lead (Pb): 2,094 +/- 82 ppm
• Arsenic (As): 109 +/- 55 ppm
Interestingly enough, this is the highest lead content Rae Dunn piece that I have tested. Most of the Rae Dunn pieces I have tested have been in the #LeadSafe/ #LowLead range (below 200 ppm lead.)
In general, christmas and holiday themed ceramic items are often very high lead. (Check out my Christmas category here.) My educated guess (based on what I know from the sheer quantity of items I have tested) is that this may be because the items are seen more as decorative and less as functional ceramics intended for food use, so companies are not paying attention as much to the toxicant content of these items. Of course this is purely speculation!
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Tamara Elise Rubin