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Ikea Child’s Teacup in Blue,Non-Detect (Negative) for Lead.

IKEA blue glazed china toy teacup for use by children. Lead-free [Non-detect for lead.] Penny included to show size. —— The current amount of lead that is considered toxic in an item intended for children is anything 90 ppm Lead (or higher) in the glaze, paint or coating.   In general I consider anything from […]

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Ask Tamara: My Favorite (#LeadSafe) Blender!

I’ve been asked a million times (it seems) which blenders and appliances I use. It’s an important question – because a lot of the appliances I have tested in my travels have had one or two components test positive for high levels of available lead (on the surface)—and these leaded components sometimes have VERY HIGH […]

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Newer (c. 2014) Yellow Fiestaware Plate: Lead-free, Cadmium-free & Arsenic-free!

Fiestaware yellow plate – newish (as of 2014). When tested with an XRF instrument the dish pictured here had the following readings: Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative Some colors of the new Fiestaware have tested positive for trace-Cadmium or trace-Lead. […]

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Modern Fiestaware Dark Blue Bowl: 50 ppm Arsenic (but Lead Free)

When tested with an XRF instrument this modern Fiestaware dark blue bowl had the following readings: non-detect (negative) for Lead, non-detect (negative) for Mercury, non-detect (negative) for Cadmium, This dish tested positive for Arsenic at 50 ppm. While I am NOT an expert in Arsenic toxicity and I would imagine it is best not to […]

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Newer Fiestaware Purple Bowl: 67 ppm Cadmium [but Lead-free]

Whent tested with an XRF instrument this newer Fiestaware purple bowl had the following readings: Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative Cadmium (Cd): 67 ppm The level of Cadmium found in this bowl is considered a “trace” level (likely a contaminant of the colorant for the […]

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#LeadFree: White Crate & Barrel Dishes

Newer Crate & Barrel plate : Negative (non-detect) for lead and arsenic. Tested with an XRF instrument #XRFTesting Please note: not all Crate & Barrel dishware is negative for lead (when tested with an XRF.)  The owner of this particular dish told me that it was purchased “recently” as of January 2016.  Also please note […]

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Lead-Free Measuring Cup Choices

My friends, followers and readers have been asking me for this one for a while, so here’s a dedicated post with a few choices for measuring cups that are similar to those in my home or are similar to ones I recommend based on testing I have done for others. Important Note: Many of the […]

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Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup: Positive for 326 ppm Cadmium in the Red Exterior Writing

When tested with an XRF instrument this glass Pyrex measuring cup had the following readings: Lead (Pb): Non-Detect/ND [Negative] Cadmium (Cd): 326 ppm [in the red writing on the outside of the glass.] Sorry – I don’t have any more information about the model number or year of manufacture on this one! Cadmium is a […]

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#LeadFree: Irish Coffee Mugs

Lead-Free Handmade Irish Coffee Mugs Tested with an XRF Instrument by an operator trained & certified in using the instrument. Many handmade modern pieces are lead-free!  As your local potter if they use lead in their glazes, some may even be marked as lead-free (look on the bottom of the piece or on the tag […]

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