June 5, 2022 – Sunday
Since the *new* (May of 2022) drama and flurry of activity started around the Lead Safe Mama, LLC work exposing the presence of toxic heavy metals (Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic specifically) in the painted decorations on vintage (and even on newer) Corelle dishware, Corelle drafted and issued a public statement that they have been copying and pasting as a response to anyone with concerns. About a dozen Lead Safe Mama readers have shared this with me over the past couple of weeks and I wanted to make sure to share it here for those of you who have not yet seen this (more official) response. I will be writing a follow up article shortly (as soon as I can round up some childcare!) tearing this response apart (oops – I mean “breaking it down”) – point by point, sentence by sentence… to expose the blatant / overt greenwashing and bullshit in the response. So please do stand by for that! – Tamara
Here’s one copy of the response that was shared with me on Jun 1, 2022
Here’s the full text for that response
This one was shared with me from a reader who received it on May 27, 2022
Thank you for being a customer. We are very proud of our Corelle products, which are made of Vitrelle, a tempered glass consisting of glass laminated into three layers. Corelle was first introduced by Corning over 50 years ago and in 2000 started to be manufactured by the company known today as Instant Brands. All Corelle products meet the safety standards at the time of manufacturing.
As manufacturing and regulatory practices have evolved, so have Corelle products. We routinely test Corelle products for lead and cadmium contents at internationally recognized, third-party testing laboratories. This testing confirms that our products comply with applicable federal and state safety regulations.
Corelle dinnerware has come in many different patterns over the years since it was first introduced by Corning and continued with Instant Brands, and many vintage/legacy pieces have become cherished collectors’ items. Before 2000, and before tighter lead content safety regulations, a small amount of lead was an ingredient in the decorating process of many household products. Given the recent demand for use of vintage products every day, we are further investigating pre-2000 Corelle products to confirm they comply with today’s safety standards – and whether it’s okay to use pre-2000 product as everyday dinnerware.
Whatever way you choose to enjoy your Corelle products, either decoratively or at your table every day, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Instant Brands Consumer Care