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I do take “requests” — as, here in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, I live near quite a few antiques & collectibles stores, and could easily go purchase something that you might want tested (for anyone that can make a contribution to cover the cost of the item and a bit towards the cost of testing); please e-mail me if you are interested in having me purchase something specific to test.
If you are interested participating in the “regularly-scheduled programming” of periodic consumer goods testing that I normally coordinate here on this site, here is a post with more information about how that generally works.
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Barbara J Smith says
I would like to know if you have tested any of the PLAIN WHITE baking dishes of Pyrex. I have an older set but there are no flowers anywhere on them. I guess to be safe, I need to discard them. Up till today when I read this I use them often. Oh dear….:(
Thank you kindly.
Hi Barbara, thank you for commenting!
Here’s a link to a plain white piece: https://tamararubin.com/2017/02/vintage-milk-glass-small-pyrex-mixing-bowl-893-ppm-lead-90-is-unsafe-in-childrens-items/
There are over 2,000 posts of things on this blog (things I have tested with their test results) so you can use the search bar on each page to look for other items you own. You might need to fiddle with keywords a bit to find a post. Example: for this I put “white pyrex bowl” in the search bar and did not find it and then just put “pyrex bowl” and found it!
P.S. Barbara… with the plain white I am not AS concerned as with the painted items as – at the levels found – the Lead is likely bound in the glass to a large degree BUT I don’t think that has been well studied (in terms the potential impact on human health) and given the age of the pieces + their lead level I personally would not use pieces with this amount of Lead and do not think it is prudent to use anything with any amount of Lead for food use purposes unless there is no better alternative (like the Instant Pot – has Lead, but is the lowest lead appliance of its kind.)
Lead free mixing bowls are inexpensive and easily found: https://tamararubin.com/2016/12/some-good-lead-free-mixing-bowls-choices/
I’m interested in the plain white and one with blue iris. Thank you so much
Bridget Baumberger says
What would you recommend for a dish to reheat food in? I have a bunch of these and will be getting new dishes just to be safe. Thanks so much for all the info!
Syrita Barbera says
Hi there! I have pyrex plain white baking casserole dishes w glass tops, would they have have issues?? They would be 25-30 years old.
Violetta Sur says
How about the newer French white corningware bake dishes with the glass lids? Some have the little rivets on the outside some are smooth, but all have no designs. Just plain white in color. Have you had a chance to test those? We use them all the time and I have a toddler in the house. 🙁 I’m nervous!
Nancy Garrett says
I have a set of Centura tulip embossed dinnerware that I got when I got married (1972). I would like to know the lead content before I pass them along to someone else. I would hate to think I had been feeding my kids lead during their formative years. But, I did loved them because they never chipped.
Mrs Kaplan says
My husband commented that he had read an article stating that corningware with the cornflower pattern on was not safe to use as it contained excess lead. Is this true.
Sue Fowlkes says
I have those as well. But my question is this: Is the problem with lead in JUST the blue cornflowers or is there lead in the white dish itself as well?
The white part of the dish does not have Lead (in most cases, but not all). – Tamara
Sue Fowlkes says
Thanks for getting back to me so promptly!
Hi Tamara; Firstly, thank you for the great work you do for all of us! I have a question; I have Corningware (c. 1985-1990) Pastel Bouquet Pattern Casserole dishes and Vintage (1972-1988) Corning Spice-o-Life Casserole dishes that I received as a bridal shower gift in 1986. I have been using them all these 35+ years. I see on your website that they tested high for lead and cadmium. Is it possible that all or most of the lead and cadmium has been leached out by now? I’m sure my husband and I need to do a detox. I do liver flushes/cleansing, but I digress. I have other patterns of Corningware casserole dishes that I don’t see on your website that I received at the same time (in 1986), as well as Corelle dishes. I assume they probably have lead and cadmium too.
Are the Pyrex dishes with the wheat pattern on front consider safe?
I also have corning ware dishes Shadow Iris are they ok to use?
Chris L says
I am interested to find out the answer about the French white corning ware that is all white ( no painting) and sidekick small baking dishes that are also all white.
Beverly Storms Gerhart says
My neighbor gave me all her Pfaltzgraff pink rose dishes , cups, saucers, dessert dishes,bowls, casserole dishes, etc. Have you tested them Are they safe to eat food off of?
What you are doing here is incredibly important. What a positive impact you make on the world! My question… I am just not seeing, and maybe missing, a section where you have lead-free or acceptable levels for those of us who have no income , thus need to buy at second-hand stores. If I knew what to keep my eyes open for, I could eventually stock up on safe stuff. But I am looking for a section that says ‘ok to buy’ so I am not straining my eyes to look through every single pattern. Lyme has messed with my ability to do such things.
Thanks for all you do!!
Hi Meg – if you follow my posts with overall guidelines for purchasing they can be applied to any brand. For example here’s the one for pots and pans:
Look here for some other categories and guidelines: