Vintage Pyrex Honeydew Summer Impressions Milk GlassCustard Cup: The green paint on this small bowl tested positive for the following elements at the following levels (with a one-minute test, using an XRF instrument):
Lead: 4,949 +/- 221 ppm
Cadmium: 97 +/- 14 ppm
Platinum: 1,045 +/- 222 ppm
The main reason these lead levels are so low (compared to other similar vintage Pyrex pieces that have lead levels in the tens of thousands of parts per million) is that the flowers in the pattern don’t fill up the full scope of the XRF instrument.
The amount of lead that is considered toxic to children in a newly manufactured item intended specifically for use by children is anything 90 ppm and higher (in the coating.) Vintage dishware is not regulated at all for “total lead content as detectable with an XRF” and neither is modern dishware (yet.) [Isn’t it interesting that it was positive for gold and platinum!] NOTE: These vintage Pyrex pieces will also test positive with a reactive agent test (like a LeadCheck swab: http://amzn.to/2DfE3ER affiliate link).
Take away: if you can avoid having vintage Pyrex in your home (especially for functional applications/ daily use), I would highly recommend that.
Here is a link to a post on my site with lead-free modern bowls:
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