Updated: Wednesday — May 24, 2023
Tamara, can I send you one of my dishes to test for Lead? Or — if not a dish — some other toy, jewelry, trinket, heirloom, whatever?
- Yes (maybe)!
- For baby bottles or collectible decorated/painted glassware: If you would like to send in a piece of painted/decorated collectible glassware or a baby bottle that we have not yet tested and reported on, you may do that free of charge (following the instructions below). We will not send this item back to you, but will hold on to it for our archives.
- For other items: you may send in a small simple item (if it is from a set of dishes please send a whole saucer, not a broken piece of something) to test — along with a $35 contribution to help cover the cost of testing. If it is a complex item (like a multi-component toy, we may require a larger contribution amount to cover the cost).
Please read the entire article below before sending any item in for testing.
- While we try to get to things as quickly as possible (sometimes within a week or two) we need folks to expect that TEST RESULTS may not be available for at least 15 weeks (and possibly longer) from the date your package is received. (Our next testing window is July 16 to July 31, 2023).
- The date that your payment (to help cover testing costs) is received will dictate the order in which we process items (testing and reporting), so please make your payment at the time of sending the package. Digital forms of payment is preferred (over paper checks) — thank you.
- As soon as your testing is completed and an article with the test results for your item is published on the website, we will send you a link to the article so you have the results at the same time as everyone else.
This is a collaboration, not a service.
Participating in supporting the independent testing of consumer goods reported here on the Lead Safe Mama website (TamaraRubin.com/LeadSafeMama.com) should not be seen a “service” we offer, but more of a collaborative effort where LeadSafeMama.com readers help cover the cost of testing and direct what products we report about on our website. (Please note, the article written about your item is the “report,” we don’t create any other report beyond the website article with test results).
For context: cost to hire someone to do this as a service
If you want to hire someone to do this for you as a service, rates normally range from $75 to $279 per test conducted, and many items (specifically items with multiple components or multiple colors of paint or glaze) may require multiple tests — one for each component or color. For example, testing a single toy with three different color components could cost as much as $300 or more.
Owner — Lead Safe Mama, LLC
Additional Important Details:
If you want us to test your dishes (or other items)…
- Search for your item here on the website first. Use keywords, including the brand name/manufacturer and pattern name or details (like “Lenox,” “Crate & Barrel,” or “roses,” “rose pattern,” or “purple violets”). You can also search for your item starting with the website menu (here’s that link).
- If you have not yet watched this video on how to use LeadSafeMama.com, please watch it to aid in your search (it will save you tons of time in the future).
- If you don’t find your item, double check the “Made In” categories (like “Made in England,” “Made in Japan,” or whatever other country of manufacture is stated on the bottom of the dish or other product).
- If you still don’t find it on the site, send an e-mail requesting that we test your item. The email must include a picture of the item you would like to send. If the item is a dish, you must include a picture of the back and front of the dish and the approximate year purchased/year manufactured. Please put “Can you test my dishes?” or “Can you test my ____” (with the item name in the blank if it is not a dish!) in the subject line of your email — along with the pattern and manufacturer, like “Wedgwood — Beatrix Potter” or “Pottery Barn — Emma.”
- IMPORTANT: In your email, please include a quick note sharing how you found out about this work and how long you have been following the website (and/or how long you have been following Lead Safe Mama on social media).
- PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN A REQUEST WITHOUT IMAGES.
- Send this email to TamaraRubin@mac.com
- We will e-mail you back (as soon as possible) and either let you know if we have already tested it OR (if we have not tested that pattern yet), we will invite you to send in a dish. If we have tested the item (or one similar), we will send you a link to that article so you can see the test results.
- At this point (once we have confirmed with you that we would like to test your item and write about it for this website), you can make your payment using the link above.
- NOTE: When you send in an item for testing it may take 15 weeks or more for us to test and report on that item (sometimes it takes longer and sometimes it can be done more quickly, depending on whether or not we have access to an XRF instrument at that time).
- Please include a PAPER note with your contact information (name, address, phone, email) in the box with the dish when you ship it.
- Please make sure to pack the dish (or other item) very well so it does not break in shipping!
As always, please let me know if you have any additional questions!
Thank you for reading the Lead Safe Mama website!
Sandie Swiontek says
Did you ever test Pfaltzgraff patterns? I had bought them at the time Tea Rose 1990’s and Winterberry 2000″s . I use them on special occasions. I have be read your e-mails. What an eye opener.
There’s a very popular glass baby bottle brand – Evenflo – that I do not see any posts about on your site. I would love to know if it is safe because it’s one of the only glass bottles that is compatible with standard breastpumps. This is also a product with over 280 reviews on target and hundred more than that on Amazon! Would you be willing to test it? I can send you one if you preferred.
McCoy Pottery Drip Glaze French Onion Handled Soup Chili Bowl #7054 made in USA
I have searched your site for this maker/item but found nothing, if you have information
on testing of this pottery I would appreciate a link. (Not a lot of information on general
web searches either) I suspect it would test similar to the Hull mug you posted results for,
in appearance the McCoy bowls are very similar looking. I live in Salem and could get a
bowl to you for testing if interested.
hi tamara. i recently was given several frankoma mugs that appear to have been produced in the mid to late 1960s. i love the look and feel and drinking experience but concerned about possible high levels of toxins. wondering if you have any test results with this brand/time period. thanks for sharing your knowledge on this subject and opening our eyes to unhealthy choices we are not always thinking about. appreciate the work and your passion. best regards – george
Hi! I see in this post that you tested the pottery barn Emma plates.
Where can I find the results for that one? Please
Thank you!! Also any chance you have already tested Al-clad D5 pots and pans?
Appreciate all that you do and the information that You so freely share with us. I Oh that you have information on canning jars. But I just noticed that BALL has come With a rose colored canning jar. The advertisement for it makes it look as if people would just use it for decorative use such as a vase. Have you been able to test them yet to see if the result would be the same as it is for the blue and amber ball jars?
I haven’t tested those yet – sorry!
I have a set of noritake ivory china Geri #7026. Do you know by chance if that is lead free?
I am based in Eugene Oregon and picked up the set at an estate sale years ago and just unwrapped it for the first time
Compare the back mark to the Noritake Back Marks in the examples here on the site. If the back mark is similar to one of the examples I have tested then the lead levels are likely similar. Here’s the Noritake category:
thank you for your timely response! I don’t see the #7026 on any of those pictures. do you know if there is another archive I can check or I can send you a picture to help verify?
Corelles website states that the paint is sealed in glass and has been tested rigorously for leaching It further stated that it is safe for use. See. http://Www.corelle.com. Are corelle products lead free?
I am aware that this is their new public statement but it is not actually a 100% factual statement, it is a “spun” statement for PR / Greenwashing purposes. I am working on a response to this new public statement. Simply put the designs are not under glass (they sometimes test positive with a reactive agent home test kit). I am fairly certain their studies were done only on new condition products, not products with wear from decades of daily use. You can read more about the concern here:
Thank you for ALL the work you do to help us and our families stay safe.
I am considering a purchase form a new (new to me anyway) company called, Fable. I was unable to find any reviews on your site. Do you know if you have tested any of their tableware? If not, I may procure a single plate or bowl and send it to you for testing before I purchase an entire set. Hopefully this will prove helpful to others as the company seems to be gaining in popularity.
I would also be curious about Fable tableware!
Me too about fable. I emailed them and they sent me some lab results. But not sure what to make of them
Interesting! Would you be able to share the results here?
Hi Tamara, thank you for the work that you do. I have been reading your site and it seemed you are no longer accepting any submissions for testing at your email TamaraRubin@mac.com. Is that right? I have the Mikasa Ciara dinnerware collection bought from HomeGoods about 2 years ago and I don’t see that on your Mikasa page – I would love to get this tested by you.
I also have a guaranteed “lead free” RCR Cristalleria Italiana Crystal Glass Drinkware and based on your site, am suspicious of it being actually lead free given it is crystal. I don’t see this on your site and would like to get this tested.
Lastly, on your site https://shopleadsafemama.com/2021/05/glassware/, you have recommended 3 Libbey glassware. Are these the actual ones you use or the specific ones you’ve tested? I didn’t see it in the Libbey section so I want to be sure they are nontoxic and safe.
I am also in conversation with Mikasa and Godinger.. waiting to hear more about whether their stuff is lead and cadmium free, or if there are traces. Below is the initial response I’ve received from Mikasa, but I have pressed for more info. I have also reached out to Godinger and am waiting to hear back. Happy to keep you updated here too.
Dear Valued Customer,
Thanks for reaching out with your question about lead in Mikasa products. We’re happy to let you know that all our products are perfectly safe to use every day. Mikasa products are manufactured using naturally occurring ingredients (like clay), and are thoroughly tested by accredited, independent laboratories, and all meet or exceed federal standards and California Proposition 65 requirements relating to lead and other contaminants.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions, and thanks for choosing Mikasa!
Mikasa Customer Service
MIRIAM DIXON says
Have you ever tested Pyrex’s purple, green, or blue glass plates and cookware (9×13 pan, 8″ square, etc)? These are colored glass–no surface painting. I searched your site but could not find anything like these.
I have also been wondering about coloured glass cookware. I have some brown/amber frying pans that are a transparent glass and wonder if they are ok.
Would you see what you can do for info on ruby glass ware made by avon think in the 80’s .
(Cape Cod collection) cannot find any info that is helpful. Is it lead and whatever else could be included.
safe to eat off… Really would appreciate your input…
I’ve read and would love to get a dish to you to check for me!
I’ve sent pictures and info on the set but have not heard back! (Or somehow missed it !)
Can I drop one off as I am in Portland on a semi regular basis ?