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Crate And Barrel Miguel Highball Made In Mexico Glass Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

Made In Mexico Crate & Barrel “Miguel Highball” Glass: Lead Free (Click for my guide to buying Lead-free glassware!)

When tested with an XRF instrument this Crate & Barrel “Miguel Highball” drinking glass (Made In Mexico)  had the following readings: Lead (Pb): Negative (Non-detect/ND) Mercury (Hg): Negative (Non-detect/ND) Cadmium (Cd): Negative (Non-detect/ND) Arsenic (As): Negative (Non-detect/ND) Crate and Barrel products have gone either way over the past decade or more (unleaded or leaded), although many of their […]

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Leaded Mexican Pottery Marked Lead Free Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

Made In Mexico Ceramic Glazed Bowl Marked “Lead Free”: Positive for more than 300,000 ppm Lead [that’s 30%!]

Mexican pottery bowl purchased new c. 2007. Marked “Lead Free.”  This bowl tested positive for more than 300,000 ppm Lead in the glaze when tested with an XRF instrument. Most of the Mexican pottery that I have tested that has been labeled “Lead Free” has tested positive for at least 1,000 ppm lead. This piece was unique, […]

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Made in Mexico Hand Citrus Juicer: 415 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm Lead is unsafe in items intended for kids.)

When tested with an XRF instrument this “Made in Mexico” hand held citrus press/  juicer tested positive for Lead at 415 ppm. Consolation prize: it was negative (ND) for Arsenic! For context: the amount of Lead that is considered toxic in the paint or coating of a modern item manufactured and intended for use by […]

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Made In Mexico Blue Glazed Ceramic Dish: 51,608 ppm Lead + 31,350 ppm Arsenic + more than 100,000 ppm Mercury.

When tested with an XRF instrument this Mexican glazed ceramic bowl – with bird design on the inside had the following readings on the food-surface of the bowl: Lead (Pb):  51,608 ppm Mercury (Hg): >100,000 ppm (greater than 10% Mercury in the glaze) Arsenic (As): 31,350 ppm Takeaway: PLEASE avoid all Mexican pottery (especially for food use […]

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