Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,140 ppm Lead [Context: 90 ppm is unsafe in kids’ items.]

Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,140 ppm LeadBelow are the XRF test results for the Pioneer Woman 
“Vintage Floral” Teal Dipping Bowl pictured here.

To learn more about XRF testing, Click HERE.

For those who are new to my website: To better understand what the levels mean, please read the whole post and click the embedded “Click HERE” links for additional information. Thank you for reading!

Exterior Flowers
(based on one minute reading):

  • Lead (Pb): 6,140 +/- 183 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 424 +/- 25 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 320 +/- 68 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,654 +/- 126 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Zinc (Zn): 16,300 +/- 500 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 339 +/- 57 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Iron (Fe): 2,884 +/- 265 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Vanadium (V): 467 +/- 57 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 989 +/- 97 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 7,886 +/- 245 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative

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Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,140 ppm Lead

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

  • Lead (Pb): 246 +/- 29 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 813 +/- 83 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Zinc (Zn): 8,334 +/- 325 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 283 +/- 62 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): Non-Detect (nd) / Negative
  • Iron (Fe): 850 +/- 197 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 56 +/- 22 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,781 +/- 292 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 2,110 +/- 385 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 11,300 +/- 400 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): 208 +/- 94 ppm

Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,140 ppm Lead

To see the readings for this dipping bowl in other colors / other patterns (plus the readings for the black and white logo), Click HERE. I tested each of the bowls in the photo below and there is a separate post listing the Lead and Cadmium levels for each design.#AskTamara: Do my Pioneer Woman dishes have lead (Pb)?

Tamara, what do these levels mean?

First and foremost, it is important to understand that I share this information with my readers primarily so they can make informed choices about what they have in their home and what they use to feed their families.

I try to avoid making the judgement calls for you. I rarely say things like “you shouldn’t ever use this.” Instead I start my readers off on a path to learn as much as possible about the concern for toxicants (like Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic) in dishware, so they can make their own decisions based on that information.

To give some context to the XRF test results listed above: the amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a new item manufactured and intended to be used by children [currently there are no equivalent U.S. regulatory standards governing items used by adults(!)] is anything 90 ppm Lead (or higher) in the glaze, paint or coating. An XRF instrument may be used to make the safety determination for children’s items.

There is currently no U.S. regulatory standard (no limit or restriction) for total Lead content in pottery and dishware as measured by an XRF instrument.

While these Pioneer Woman dipping bowls are not marketed for use by children, given their bright colors and diminutive size one could easily see that a parent might give them to their child to play with, yet the CPSC does not normally address  any concerns about the potential for off-label uses (like children using items only intended for use by adults) when it comes to Leaded items.

Given these are newly-manufactured and likely leach-tested [leach-testing is currently the (sole) U.S. testing standard used to determine potential toxicity for pottery and dishware], I do not have an immediate Lead-poisoning concern with a dish like this.

I do, however, have concerns over high levels of Lead in newly manufactured pottery pieces when considering the potential for long-term heavy use and wear of items like this. Specifically, while the item may not be leaching now, how do we know it might not become a leaching hazard in 10 or 20 or 30 years — when our children are using these items (which we have passed on to them) with their children?

Separately, as an environmentalist and as a parent, I also have concerns that these toxicants (Lead and Cadmium) are being used as glaze ingredients at all. The level of Lead found in these Pioneer Woman pieces specifically is definitely a level that is considered an additive, not just a “contaminant” [Lead is often added to glazes to enhance or stabilize certain colors].

When a manufacturer chooses to use something like Lead intentionally as an ingredient they are part of the larger problem, because their manufacturing process creates a demand for the mining and refining of Leaded products, mining and refining processes which pollute our air, water and soil, and also expose workers to this deadly neurotoxin.

Click HERE to read more about these concerns.

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

Please let me know if you have ANY questions.

Tamara Rubin

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Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,140 ppm Lead

4 Responses to Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,140 ppm Lead [Context: 90 ppm is unsafe in kids’ items.]

  1. Kurt November 14, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    The title should read, “Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral / Teal Dipping Bowl: as high as 6,323 ppm Lead”, because 6140+13=6323.

    • Tamara November 14, 2018 at 9:35 am #

      Yes – that’s right! Thank you. The margin of error is 183, so 6140 +183! 6,323

  2. Bob November 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    I’m curious as to how you converted an XRF instrument reading into ppm. I have used portable XRF instruments in my job as a Certified Industrial Hygienist and they read out in mg/cm2 or ug/cm2 (mass per unit area), not in ppm. We use them to test for lead in paint on a substrate, typically metal or wood. You would have to scrape off some of the glaze or color pigment and have a lab analyze it to obtain an accurate ppm concentration. Regardless, I do agree that any container used for food should not contain lead or cadmium. Lead-free in China is not necessarily defined in the same way it is in the U.S. by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    • Tamara November 15, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

      Hi Bob! Good question. Most handheld XRF instruments cost in the $10,000 to $20,000 range new. I use a Niton XL3T that is specifically designed to test consumer goods (and metals and soils, etc.) and has software modules to do that. These modules give readings in PPM. It is a non-radioactive source instrument (so a radiation safety monitoring badge is not necessary for operation) and generally this type of instrument costs in the range of $35,000 to $50,000 new – depending on what software modules you have installed. My understanding from conversations with Niton a few years ago was that the NEW (upcoming) XL5T was going to be about $50,000 before the software packages were installed – although I don’t know if that model ever has been deployed with the consumer goods software module… I’ve been waiting to hear about that! In the meantime you can get a Niton XL3t used (with the full software range installed – if you can find one) for something in the range of $30,000 to $35,000 and it is the same instrument used by the CPSC to do testing of consumer goods in ppm.

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