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Apr 20, 2008 08:38 AM

Lead In Dinnerware & Slow Cookers-Test Results...

There was a thread not too long ago on this topic. I'm starting a new thread as I didn't want this to get buried in it. I just came across this and I think it will be of interest. The main article has to do with lead in many slow cookers, and in the article is a link to a PDF file that gives the lead results for many popular dinnerware sets. The Corelle, BTW came out safe, while the Gibson dinnerware tested high for lead.

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  1. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Seriously, why does the fed. govn't think any level of lead is acceptable? Now I've got to find a new crock pot...

    1. now you have my interest...the amount of acceptable lead in drinking water is 15 ppb or .015 ppm, the crock pot tests out at almost 6 times that. The dinnerware would be an issue if the lead leached out - you don't usually cook with plates and the time food is on them is negligible unless the levels are really high, but a slow cooker has a lot of issues.

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      1. re: PaulaT

        I wonder if this article is speaking about ALL slow cookers, including the older ones that cooked at a much lower temperature, or the newer ones where some governmental agency made the manufacturers increase the temperature at which they cook? I have one that's at least 25-30 years old and I suppose it's more likely that the older ones have some type of lead in the paint or glaze.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          what I rad is that they tested the leaching effect at lower temperatures and older pots would have more chance of having lead. But also the lead might have all gone away by now!

          1. re: PaulaT

            LOL! Well, I'm not dead yet, so I guess I'll continue to use it. I use it mostly for stews and making chicken stock - maybe 6 times a year at the most.

          2. re: LindaWhit

            maybe not, linda. lead has been outlawed for decades, no? it is likely the crock in your old crockpot was made here in the usa -- and less likely in china, our "great" trading partner.

            1. re: alkapal

              The problem as i read the story is that the lead in the crock pots came from everywhere, China, Europe and the US. The law banning(1977) use of lead paint in the glaze does not stop it from being used in the ceramic, where over time it might migrate through the glaze into food - but that is speculation.

            2. re: LindaWhit

              it is likely the crock in your old crockpot was made here in the usa -- and less likely in china, our "great" trading partner. i'll bet it has less lead. i thought all lead was forbidden in foodware.

              anyway, that article at top says updated "2/04". is it four years old?

              1. re: alkapal

                Good point, alkapal. Hadn't thought of locale for manufacture. I'll make sure I take very, very good care of the ceramic crock insert! I can always replace the heating unit; but it's harder to find the older ceramic crock insert!

          3. Wow this really pisses me off. I use a slow cooker every week. Grr.