BIA Cordon Bleu International Plain White China Plate, Made in Indonesia: 6,081 ppm Lead (in the bottom logo.)

BIA Cordon Bleu Plain White China Plate, Made in Indonesia: 6,081 ppm Lead (in the bottom logo.)

This plain white BIA Cordon Bleu International plate (purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland, Oregon – c. 2010) had the following readings when tested with an XRF instrument:

BIA Cordon Bleu Plain White China Plate, Made in Indonesia: 6,081 ppm Lead (in the bottom logo.)

Bottom Logo (picture above):

  • Lead (Pb): 6,081 +/- 145 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Iron (Fe): 4,730 +/- 287 pm
  • Vanadium (V): 73 +/- 21 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 105 +/- 27 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 3,142 +/- 199 ppm

Please note: This plate was purchased around 2010. I don’t know if newer products from this brand or this line specifically would have lead-free back marks/ logos, as I have not tested a newer version of this product.

In the past I had recommended this type of plate as a Lead-free option. The food surface of the plate IS completely Lead-free, however when I initially tested these plates I did not test the back mark (that is something I have only started doing in the past two years or so, once I noticed that many back marks had similar paint to the leaded type of raised paint on much decorated glassware.)

As with other similar plates a guideline to know if the back mark is Leaded is as follows: Can you feel it with your finger? If you can feel the back mark with your finger (on newer / non-vintage items specifically) it is very likely that the paint used is leaded. This is my experience from testing hundreds of items with similar raised markings.

The new Crate & Barrel plates are a good example of a recently made non-Leaded type of back mark. It is not raised, you cannot feel it with your finger as your run your finger over the back of the plate – and it appears to have been applied under the final clear coat of the glaze. Click HERE to see some more examples.

Food Surface Plain White Side Of Plate:

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Iron (Fe): 499 +/- 130 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 67 +/- 12 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 70 +/- 18 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 50 +/- 20 ppm
  • Indium (In): 19 +/- 9 ppm
  • Silver (Ag): 10 +/- 5 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): Non-Detect / Negative

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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BIA Cordon Bleu Plain White China Plate, Made in Indonesia: 6,081 ppm Lead (in the bottom logo.)

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