Vintage (1972-1988) Corning Ware Spice-o-Life Casserole: 26,500 ppm Lead… TEXTBOOK RESPONSE FROM CORNINGWARE TODAY

In response to my original post referenced in the title above [Link HERE] today, Corningware shared the following response (when Sabrina – a friend of a friend on Facebook – shared the post and tagged them):

“We appreciate you [sic] concern for our products, Sabrina! We can assure you that older Corningware items would have met all of the safety requirements that applied at the time they were made.”

This response actually has me nearly literally rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.

THERE WERE NO RELEVANT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR LEAD [especially total Lead content as detectable with an XRF instrument!] in 1972 AT THE TIME THESE WERE MADE!!!!

This is ALWAYS how these companies (including Pyrex) respond!

It’s so incredibly textbook!

These companies REFUSE to take responsibility for their past actions and choose instead to use language that sidesteps the concerns in an effort to deny culpability through doublespeak that makes it seem like the allegations that there is Lead in their vintage products is somehow untrue.

I’m so excited to have actually captured (in screenshots) such a public and blatant display of this level of corporate bullshit.

Thanks to Sabrina (and Denise) for sharing my post (and all of the other people who have shared it too!)

Tamara Rubin
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children

Here it is as shown on the share thread:

5 Responses to Vintage (1972-1988) Corning Ware Spice-o-Life Casserole: 26,500 ppm Lead… TEXTBOOK RESPONSE FROM CORNINGWARE TODAY

  1. Richard Tetley December 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    I replied to Flora’s post on her Facebook page the following:

    Damn! Guess I’ve got to purge my cabinets. I grew up with that stuff. Flora, I’ve got the remainder of that set.The numbers seem to be wildly high, 26,500 ppm = 26.5 ppt, = 0.265 pph, = 0.265%. Do I have my math right?

    If this relatively huge number is correct then the manufacturer seems to have added it purposefully and it is not just a random contamination? How many of these casseroles were sampled to check for variability in batches and so forth? A lot of these casseroles were produced. I’m waiting for the verdict on Corelle Ware.

    Keep up the good work,

    • Tamara December 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      Thank you!

    • Tamara December 29, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      At this level the lead is definitely an additive and not a contaminant.

  2. Judy Stringer March 11, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    Are the contaminants in the design or the entire piece?

    • Tamara March 11, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Judy,

      With these particular casserole dishes, the toxicants (Lead, cadmium, etc.) are generally found in the exterior decorative elements.


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