Vintage (1976-1980) Pyrex Homestead Casserole: 209,900 ppm Lead + 9,009 ppm Cadmium + 9,252 ppm Arsenic

 
Vintage Pyrex Homestead (1976-1980) Design Milk Glass Casserole Dish: 209,900 ppm Lead + 9,009 ppm Cadmium + 9,252 ppm Arsenic
Vintage Pyrex Homestead (1976-1980) Design Milk Glass Casserole Dish.
 
 
When tested with an XRF instrument this casserole dish had the following readings:
 
With scope focused on area with blue flowers over tan speckled background:
(minimum 60-second test)
  • Lead (Pd): 209,900 +/- 12,000 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 9,009 +/- 541 ppm
  • Arsenic (As): 9,252 +/- 973 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 2,236 +/- 530 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,506 +/- 345 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 1,055 +/- 197 ppm
  • Gold (Au): 499 +/- 182ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 17,200 +/- 1,000 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 830 +/- 100 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,103 +/- 215 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 14,400 +/- 1,900 ppm
  • If a metal is not listed then it was not detected.
With scope focused on area just with tan speckled background:
(minimum 60-second test)
  • Lead (Pd): 83,000 +/- 3,100 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 1,669 +/- 120 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 338 +/- 128 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 820 +/- 188 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 268 +/- 57 ppm
  • Gold (Au): 734 +/- 293 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 24,700 +/- 1,000 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,563 +/- 265 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 18,900 +/- 1,100 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 2,654 +/- 150 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): 1,084 +/- 287 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 298 +/- 129 ppm
  • If a metal is not listed then it was not detected.

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Vintage Pyrex Homestead (1976-1980) Design Milk Glass Casserole Dish: 209,900 ppm Lead + 9,009 ppm Cadmium + 9,252 ppm Arsenic
With scope focused on plain white milk glass of bottom (image above):
(minimum 60-second test)
  • Lead (Pd): 466 +/- 38 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 24 +/- 10 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 172 +/- 67 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 75 +/- 10 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 72,900 +/- 2,000 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 715 +/- 142 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 117 +/- 50 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 207 +/- 71 ppm
  • If a metal is not listed then it was not detected.
 
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: The outside paint on many of 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 casserole dishes:
 
Do you appreciate my independent consumer goods testing and childhood lead poisoning prevention advocacy work? If so, please consider contributing to my GoFundMe, to help me to continue to be in a position to do this kind of testing: Thank you! https://www.gofundme.com/leadsafemama
 
Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.
 
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama
   Vintage Pyrex Homestead (1976-1980) Design Milk Glass Casserole Dish: 209,900 ppm Lead + 9,009 ppm Cadmium + 9,252 ppm Arsenic Vintage Pyrex Homestead (1976-1980) Design Milk Glass Casserole Dish: 209,900 ppm Lead + 9,009 ppm Cadmium + 9,252 ppm Arsenic
 

5 Responses to Vintage (1976-1980) Pyrex Homestead Casserole: 209,900 ppm Lead + 9,009 ppm Cadmium + 9,252 ppm Arsenic

  1. Fay December 28, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    I think I have a set of these. Received as a wedding gift back in 1981.

    I didn’t see that you tested them INSIDE the container – where the food is touching the container.

    I am wondering if these are safe for me to use – for just food storage in the fridge. I don’t use them in the microwave.

    • Tamara December 28, 2018 at 10:14 am #

      The inside reading is the milk glass reading listed on the post.
      – Tamara

  2. Della Cook January 27, 2019 at 9:28 am #

    I have this exact bowl. I have been leaving water for my cats to drink, in this bowl. I will throw it away and buy stainless.
    Thank you for this great information.

  3. Jeannette Madhosingh March 13, 2019 at 8:43 am #

    Me too I got a set of 3 as a wedding present. Then last year I gave them to my daughter in-law because I never used them anymore. I will have to inform her.

  4. Connie March 21, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    I have 3 mixing bowls – same thing?

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