Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen).

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

The owner of this #29 Le Creuset (Made In France) yellow oval 5-quart dutch oven [which cost $350.00 when purchased new at Kitchen Kaboodle in Portland, Oregon], told me he purchased it about 6 years ago — which would be c. 2013.

Please note that both Antimony and Cadmium are known  – or “suspected” – carcinogens (depending on which agency or research institute you talk to!), and in my opinion are consequently not elements that belong in our cookware, regardless of a manufacturer’s claims — including the ever-popular “there are ‘independent studies’ showing that they [merely] do not leach or impact the food” [at the time of manufacture]. Separate from the impact to the end user, the problem with Cadmium and Antimony in cookware goes far beyond whatever level of immediate threat they may pose to a user of the newly-manufactured product. By using high levels of Cadmium in manufacturing, Le Creuset has – apparently for decades – been causal in contributing to “the demand for” the mining, refining and manufacturing of a toxic pigment that can (and does) poison others (workers, communities, waterways, the planet) through various processes/at multiple points throughout their manufactured products’ life cycles.

It is for this reason I suggest boycotting Le Creuset entirely until they make a public statement taking responsibility for their environmental transgressions of the past, and promise to no longer use these toxicants in their products in the future.

Note: based on my testing to date, some of the newer products in neutral colors (grays and sand colors) are negative (or low) for toxicants – as compared to their brightly-colored counterparts.

To see more Le Creuset pieces I have tested, click here.


When tested with an XRF instrument, the pot pictured here had the following readings…

Darker yellow on edge of lid:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 60 seconds – one minute):

  • Cadmium (Cd): 14,500 +/- 300 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 765 +/- 172 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 587 +/ 165 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 712 +/- 76 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 11,800 +/- 300 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 943 +/- 103 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 33,900 +/- 1,200 ppm

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Inside white of lid:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 120 seconds – 2 minutes):

  • Cadmium (Cd): 34 +/- 10 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 680 +/- 99 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 659 +/ 101 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 352 +/- 27 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 6,195 +/- 102 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 97 +/- 31 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 166 +/- 21 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,359 +/- 70 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 25 +/- 8 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 30,100 +/- 600 ppm

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Outside (flat) yellow bottom of pan:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 180 seconds / 3-minutes):

  • Cadmium (Cd): 17,700 +/- 200 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 766 +/- 104 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 483 +/ 95 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 696 +/- 47 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 11 +/- 6
  • Zinc (Zn): 12,100 +/- 200 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 893 +/- 60 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 20 +/- 10 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 33,400 +/- 700 ppm

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Inside white food surface of pan:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 120 seconds – 2 minutes):

  • Cadmium (Cd): 32 +/- 8 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 759 +/- 84 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 592 +/ 86 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 329 +/- 23 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 6,383 +/- 90 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 144 +/- 27 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 153 +/- 17 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,476 +/- 63 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): 27 +/- 7 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 30,500 +/- 500 ppm

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Bare metal edge (without enamel) of lid of pan:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 60 seconds – 1 minute):

  • Cadmium (Cd): 105 +/- 36 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,048 +/ 113 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 1,178 +/- 229 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 958 +/- 271 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 1,228 +/- 435 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 679,300 +/- 39,000 ppm
  • Vanadium (Bi): 342 +/- 149 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 10,600 +/- 700 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 8,705 +/- 1,366
  • Magnesium (Mn): 4,570 +/- 621

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Note: with the edge of the pan (test above), the component is not flat, and does not fully fill the scope. As a result, the level of Iron in the bare metal (as well as some of the other metals) is likely much higher than being reported by the instrument. Additionally, the trace Cadmium detected might be from a thin edge of the enameled surface being in the scope (due to the shape and nature of the component being tested).

Screw on inside of center of lid:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 30 seconds, noted as Metal-302HQ)

  • Chromium (Cr): 174,500 +/- 1,700
  • Zinc (Zn): 1,227 +/- 225 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 27,400 +/- 1,000 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 80,600 +/- 1,800 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 692,900 +/- 2,900 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 2,663 +/- 731 ppm
  • Molybdenum (Mo): 1,589 +/- 147 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 16,100 +/- 1,300 ppm

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

Black plastic of knob on top of lid:
(see image below, tested for a minimum of 30 seconds)

  • Barium (Ba): 3,012 +/- 112 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 1,220 +/- 74 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 3,607 +/- 270 ppm

Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen.)

If a metal is not listed in any of the above readings, it was “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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3 Responses to Made In France (c. 2013) Yellow Oval Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Casserole [#29]: 17,700 ppm Cadmium (a known carcinogen).

  1. Adrienne February 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    I have a yellow LC pot w lid you can cook in as well. Am I understanding correctly that this is a concern for me? 🙁

  2. Nicole February 23, 2019 at 9:30 am #

    OMG- I bought some Le Creuset last year, 2018 in the lavender color… so all that is toxic… my head is reeling today as I just discovered your blog and it appears that everything i have in my kitchen may be toxic. This company is supposed to be non-toxic cookware. freaking out. Please tell me what you use for cookware if you answer this. thank you.

    • Tamara February 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

      Hi Nicole!

      I haven’t tested the lavender ones yet (they are fairly new I think), so I can’t say for sure what the readings are. Keep your eyes peeled here or on Facebook and I will also try to remember to comment here with lavender test results when I have them.

      We use clear glass, undecorated stainless and undecorated plain cast iron (we also use bamboo and wood when appropriate – like we have a bamboo steaming basket we use over our stainless pots.)

      Thank you for commenting.

      Tamara

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