Dansk “Bistro Cafe” Pattern Ceramic Plate: 4,555 ppm Lead. [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe in new items for kids.]

Dansk "Bistro Cafe" Blue & White Pattern Ceramic Plate: 4,555 ppm Lead. [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe in new items for kids.]

This is a Dansk brand “Bistro Cafe” Belgian Blue Ceramic Plate, made in Portugal. The owner of this item told me that it was purchased at a Dansk outlet store in 2005. When tested with an XRF instrument it had the following readings:

Blue Glazed Edging of Plate:

  • Lead (Pb): 4,555 +/- 114 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,531 +/- 103 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 255 +/- 18 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 58 +/- 18 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 276 +/- 94 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 3,621 +/- 243 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 247 +/- 37 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 608 +/- 64 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 11,300 +/- 400 ppm

Food Surface Center of Plate (White Glazed Area in Center of Plate):

  • Lead (Pb): 335 +/- 23 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 2,733 +/- 222 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 58 +/- 13 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 85 +/- 20 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 229 +/- 33 ppm
  • Indium (In): 29 +/- 9 ppm

Metals not listed were not found to be present by XRF testing. Testing was done for a minimum of 60 seconds. 

For context the amount of lead considered unsafe in the glaze, paint or coating of a modern item made today and marketed to be used by children is anything that is 90 ppm Lead or higher. There is no current standard for allowable Lead levels in dishware as detectable with an XRF instrument.

As with all XRF testing, a high positive reading is NOT a definite indicator that the dish may be leaching Lead. It is, however, possible for dishes with this high Lead to leach and I therefore would never eat off a dish like this.

To see more “Made in Portugal” items that I have tested, click here.

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

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama    Dansk "Bistro Cafe" Blue & White Pattern Ceramic Plate: 4,555 ppm Lead. [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe in new items for kids.] Dansk "Bistro Cafe" Blue & White Pattern Ceramic Plate: 4,555 ppm Lead. [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe in new items for kids.] Dansk "Bistro Cafe" Blue & White Pattern Ceramic Plate: 4,555 ppm Lead. [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe in new items for kids.]

One Response to Dansk “Bistro Cafe” Pattern Ceramic Plate: 4,555 ppm Lead. [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe in new items for kids.]

  1. Ilona February 11, 2019 at 2:28 am #

    Hi, thank you so much for such a great job you are doing! I feel stupid asking you things like that but I really don’t know Hei to read the numbers….for example “iron : 2,73+/-223 ppm” .Do you mean almost “3” bu “2,73” or does it mean 2 thouthand and 730? Andare what does “+/- 223ppm” mean? Should I add or substract. 223 ppm is a high number isnt it? It make a big diffrence

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