All of the Vietri pieces I have tested have been positive for at least some level of Lead. Most have been in the 1,000 to 2,000 ppm range. Testing for this piecewas done with an XRF instrument. These dishes are made in Italy and this particular dish (which is a very light gray color) tested positive for Lead at 661 +/- 55 parts per million (ppm).
How much Lead is that exactly?
While there is no current limit for XRF detectable Lead in dishware, for context – the amount of Lead that is considered unsafe (and illegal) in items intended for use by children (in the paint, glaze or coating) is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher. If this dish were made as a child’s dish this amount of Lead present in the glaze would be considered illegal – however for some reason the regulatory agencies have decided dishes are not “items intended for use by children.”
Most of the Italian pottery I have tested has also been positive for at least some amount of lead. Because some Italian pottery is highly decorated and lower fire I recommend not using Italian pottery for food use unless you know for sure that it is Lead-free (Lead-free based on independent third-party testing, not based on statements made by the manufacturer.)
While positive for Lead, this dish pictured here was “Non-Detect” (negative) for Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), and Arsenic (As). Read more about the concern for lead in dishware here.
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