… 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 (here’s a link to see this same mug on Amazon*) tested positive for a very low trace level of lead on the white glazed outside, and it was unfortunately positive for a higher level of lead on the black glazed inside.
XRF readings on this specific piece:
Made In China
White glazed outside:
- Lead (Pb): 85 +/- 35 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 48 +/27 ppm
Black glazed inside:
- Lead (Pb): 319 +/- 74 ppm
- The amount of lead that is considered toxic in the paint, glaze or coating of a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 parts per million (ppm) lead or higher.
- Mugs and dishware are not regulated with these same strict standards unless they are specifically marketed to be used by children (like new ceramic baby cups might be.)
- 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 for dishware for adults — leach-testing — is a test that only aims to address whether an object “leaches” any detectable lead at the time of manufacture.
- The problem with the leach testing standard is that with frequent (daily, regular) use (including washing, microwaving, etc.), a dish or mug or other ceramic piece that passes leach testing at the time of manufacture may begin to deteriorate with use and pose a risk to the user once the glaze becomes compromised, ESPECIALLY if the vessel is regularly used for acidic or hot contents (like juice or coffee or tea.)
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 about this mug that we originally posted on Facebook! (& to read the more than 600 comments!!!)
The testing on these pieces was done with an XRF instrument (specifically a Niton XL3T). This is the very same state-of-the-art scientific instrument used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to determine the presence of lead (and related regulatory compliance) for toys and other items “intended for children”.
In case you are new to my site: As the mother of lead poisoned children who has personally seen the impacts of lead on her family and who lives with those impacts every single day (my 13 year old son has a brain injury from being lead poisoned as a baby), it is my opinion that the regulatory standards should be changed.
The same strict standard that is applied to children’s toys should be applied to dishes.
I would also go so far as to take things a step further: there should be no allowable lead (using any and all testing methodologies – including XRF testing) in any modern/newly manufactured dishware or mugs. Lead is a potent neurotoxin and does not belong anywhere near our food.
As I understand some of the Rae Dunn collectors are skeptical of the work I do and my testing methodologies (because of some of the slanderous comments made by a few people in the collector groups), as a testament to my credibility in this work I also share with you this CBS This Morning news piece from November 8, 2017, where I was acknowledged for my roll in finding lead in the popular fidget spinner toys last year (link.)
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