#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have Lead (Pb)?

#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?#AskTamara:

Question: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have Lead (Pb)? Do they have Cadmium (Cd), too?

Answer: Well, do you want the short answer? … then “Yes”… BUT (and this is a BIG, LOUD “BUT”)….

….PLEASE read the whole post below to see the exact level of Lead and Cadmium (found in the bowl pictured) and to better understand the concerns for Lead and Cadmium found in newer dishes (at the levels found in these particular dishes).

In the dish pictured below:

  • The Lead (Pb) levels  ranged from 240 ppm to 744 ppm.
  • The Cadmium (Cd) levels ranged from 70 to 378 ppm

#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

First and foremost, if you are new to my site please read more about the testing methodology I use for dishes (and other consumer goods). I use what is called an “XRF Instrument” [the full technical name is an “X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer”] which is the exact same instrument used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to test for metallic toxicants (like Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic) in items “made and intended for use by children” [there are virtually no analogous testing standards or requirements aimed at protecting adults].

Here is a link about XRF testing.
Here is a link to the CPSC.

While modern dishes are often tested for whether or not toxicants leach from their glazed surfaces, they are not regulated (and usually not tested) for total content of Lead and Cadmium as revealed when tested with an XRF instrument.

The concern here is not whether or not these dishes are going to poison the user at the time of manufacture (or even when they are still new-ish).

The main concern is this: over time, as these dishes are held onto and used for decades (and generations) will the glazed surface eventually leach toxicants into their contents once the surface is well-used and worn.

Additionally, a major concern I have as an environmental activist is the fact that the toxicants found at the levels present in these particular dishes (see exact XRF readings below) — are at levels above what might be considered a trace or incidental contaminant of the pottery.

Given then that the Lead and Cadmium present in these dishes is likely an intentional additive (probably added to enhance or stabilize the color) the manufacture of these products is contributing to creating (and sustaining) a demand for the mining and refining of these toxicants, which creates a burden on our planet and our atmosphere (and impacts our lives and our health and the lives and health of future generations of inhabitants of our planet).

For context: the toxicant levels found in these dishes are fairly low compared to the amount of Lead and Cadmium found in vintage or antique dishes, HOWEVER they are many times higher than what is considered safe in an item “manufactured and intended for use by children”. Items intended for use by children are considered toxic if the Lead level in the glaze, paint or coating comes in at 90 ppm or higher (or if the substrate comes in at 100 ppm Lead or higher.)

Please click this link to read more about the above concerns.

As a result, as a mother of lead poisoned children and a steward of this planet (as we all should be) I do not recommend EVER purchasing ANY products from ANY brands that use ANY LEVELS of Lead (and/or Cadmium) anywhere in their products (regardless of whether or not this product might be toxic to the end-user when it is first manufactured and sold).

To read more about Cadmium toxicity concerns, Click Here.

Thank you so much for reading and for sharing my posts.

Please let me know if you have ANY questions.

#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

….and PLEASE scroll down and read the exact levels of Lead and Cadmium found in these newly purchased [Fall 2018] Pioneer woman dishes. [More examples from Pioneer Woman to be posted shortly.]

Tamara Rubin

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#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

Pioneer Woman Small Dish With Red Inside and Orange Flowers
“Floral Bursts” Red Dipping Bowl.

Exterior Reddish Orange Flowers
(based on one minute reading):

  • Lead (Pb): 560 +/- 39 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 287 +/- 18 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Arsenic (As): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Barium (Ba): 357 +/- 61 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Antimony (Sb): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Selenium (Se): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Zinc (Zn): 19,400 +/- 600 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 254 +/- 50 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Iron (Fe): 1,294 +/- 184 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Vanadium (V): 639 +/- 67 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 1,383 +/- 117 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 6,170 +/- 180 ppm

#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

Inside Red of Bowl (image above)
(based on one minute reading):

  • Lead (Pb): 254 +/- 31 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 378 +/- 23 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Arsenic (As): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Barium (Ba): 693 +/- 72 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Antimony (Sb): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Selenium (Se): 131 +/- 26 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 5,460 +/- 217 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 331 +/- 57 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Iron (Fe): 1,597 +/- 220 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 71 +/- 19 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,633 +/- 102 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 3,129 +/- 182 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 10,700 +/- 300 ppm

#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

Black and White Logo on Bottom (Image above)
(based on one minute reading):

  • Lead (Pb): 744 +/- 41 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 70 +/- 10 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Arsenic (As): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Barium (Ba): 321 +/- 55 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 5,310 +/- 225 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Selenium (Se): Negative /Non-Detect (nd)
  • Zinc (Zn): 21,900 +/- 600 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 907 +/- 101 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 5,072 +/- 316 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 763 +/- 79 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 1,499 +/- 130 ppm
  • Indium (In): 27 +/- 12 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 1,437 +/- 154 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 853 +/- 276 ppm

#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

3 Responses to #AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have Lead (Pb)?

  1. Janet February 24, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    What about the plates bowls and coffee cups does the pioneer women have lead in tgem

    • Tamara February 24, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

      Hi Janet,

      I would imagine most of their ceramics would test the same.


  2. Kay Gass March 3, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    Do the Portmeiron bin tannic always garden dishes I’ve bought at TJ Max over the last 15 years have lead and cadmium in them? Also have you contacted the Pioneer Womam aboutvthe lead you found in her dishes? I have just finished collecting a complete set of her dishes and intended to pass it onto my granddaughters. Is it safe to use? I have the teal blue and floral patterned dishes. Thank you for your efforts and your response.

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