There is no more lead in MY dinnerware… I think…

I have been delaying writing a follow-up post to “I’m sorry, why is there lead in my dinnerware?” for a while, however after hearing last week a very unsettling news report out of Utah, in which a toddler may have suffered lead poisoning in utero and from breast milk due to her mother’s exposure to the lead glaze on their Gibson Overseas dinner plates, it was pretty hard to delay it further.

A few months back I contacted a number of dinnerware manufacturers – Corelle, Dansk, Dudson, Homer Laughlin China Co., Ikea, Lenox, Mikasa, and Pfaltzgraft – to see if any of their dinnerware products were lead-free. Of these eight manufactures two (Mikasa and Dudson) have never replied, perhaps because they didn’t like the question, or worse, they didn’t know the answer.

Luckily six manufacturers were nice enough to provide some information about their products. Below are the important excerpts from their emails:

Our specifications are that stoneware products and glazes are made of clay-based materials and glazes used throughout the industry. Decorations, if present, are made from low-lead enamels and fired at temperatures exceeding 1000 degrees F, which binds any heavy metals both physically and chemically so that their release is minimized.

All Dansk dinnerware is made Lead Free.

Homer Laughlin China Co
All of our ceramic products meet the requirements of California’s Proposition 65 for lead and cadmium release. We meet the technical requirements to be called lead free and cadmium free. As we are sure you know, there are trace amounts of lead in the atmosphere which make it impossible to be 100% lead free. You can be sure that our products are as free of lead and cadmium as it is scientifically possible to be.

The IKEA product range is subjected to comprehensive tests and complies with the strictest applicable laws and safety standards, and we have detailed regulations on the use of chemicals and other substances in the manufacturing process. If one country tightens its rules, we introduce these new regulations on all IKEA markets, whenever possible. The lead and lead compounds are not allowed to be used and the contamination limit value adopted at IKEA is 100 mg lead/kg.

Note: We followed up with Ikea to see if they could clarify what their reference of 100 mg lead/kg was all about and although they have not yet responded to us we did find the following at the bottom of one of the pages in their catalog:

All Ikea ceramics for preparing and serving food are lead- and cadmium safe. This means no heavy metals may be transfered from the glaze to the foodstuffs. For products which come into contact with food. Ikea imposes tougher criteria than the law demands. And tests are made regularly.

In response to your inquiry regarding the lead content in our products, lead can be found in our tableware, crystal products and hand-painted products.

It is our Company Policy to use only lead-free glazes, pigments or decals in our porcelain, stoneware, china and earthenware products. We know of no company with a more stringent policy with respect to the use of lead, cadmium and other contaminants than Pfaltzgraff.

So what is a consumer to do? Well, we immediately took Lenox and Corelle off of our shopping list, followed by Homer Laughlin China Co. simply because we were not overly fond of their style. Next we tried to look for Dansk, but unfortunately we could not find any company selling their dinnerware locally. That only left us with: Pfaltzgraff, Ikea, using glass dinnerware or starting the process all over again.

We hesitated for a while between Pfaltzgraff and Ikea. Pfaltzgraff had some nicer looking dishes, but they all seemed to be made in Asia and we were hoping on finding something made a little closer to home. Ikea in turn had not bad looking dishes made in Europe, Asia, etc. but some of the sets didn’t have any cups. In the end we decided that if we were going to buy dinnerware from a-far, we may as well pick the nicest style, and so we are now eating off of brand new white, stoneware Pfaltzgraff dishes.

The problem with being a consumer, is at the end of the day, it all comes down to blind trust. You can be informed and careful until the cows come home, but unless you can take every product that you purchase into a professional lab for testing, on some level you have to believe that these companies – who are often solely accountable to their shareholders – are doing the testing and have the quality control that they claim to. These days, that is more trust than I have… Which is why although there shouldn’t be any lead in our dinnerware, according to its manufacturer, unless we get it tested I will always have a little spec of doubt! Maybe we should have went for glass dinnerware…

Now, what about the glaze in our slow-cooker… is it lead-free?

189 Responses to “There is no more lead in MY dinnerware… I think…”

  1. Joan Rummell Says:

    Thank you for the update. Good luck finding safe dishes to your liking. I have decided to not store any leftovers on the plates in the fridge. Nor will I reheat anything on them just in case.

  2. zakary Says:

    Hello Joan, it sure seems like finding lead-free products comes down to luck! We have been using Pyrex Glassware food containers for storing leftovers and reheating food. They are great and since they are glass, in theory they are inert, though the lids are plastic so it would be wise to not reheat those. The only problem that we have had with them is over time the lids get loose and you can’t buy new lids separately so you have to buy another container. Anchor Hocking also makes glass food containers, that appear to be pretty similar.

  3. Anne Says:

    Well, you decided to throw away your Corelle dinnerware and replaced it. I am wondering seriously if I should be doing the same thing. I’ll analyse this with Dario. However, I am wondering if you know anything about Corningware. I started using this type of plates for microwave use since they’re not plastic-made, but is the glaze lead-free?

  4. zakary Says:

    Hello Anne, we actually used to have Gibson Overseas dinnerware, the same brand that the toddler in Utah may have been poisoned from, though if we did have Corelle dinnerware I’m not sure if we would keep it, we would probably get an Ikea set and call it good.

    I’m not sure about Corningware, my mom was also curious about how safe they are, so we are contacting them. We are also contacting Cuisinart to see whether our slow-cooker is safe.

    To be continued…

  5. Anne Says:

    Keep us informed please, because we were thinking about buying a slow-cooker, so we might as well buy wise from the start.

  6. Danielle Says:

    Problème de langue! Qu’est-ce que “lead” et qu’est-ce qu’un slow-cooker?

  7. Anne Says:

    Lead, c’est du plomb, et un slow-cooker, c’est une mijoteuse.

  8. Diana Says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts and research!

  9. Danielle Says:

    Merci! En tous cas, c’est en effet très instructif comme article, Sophie!

  10. sophie Says:

    Merci Danielle… Mais celui-ci, il est de Zakary! Je lui ai fait le message, par contre.

  11. Danielle Says:

    Désolée! C’est vrai que j’ai du mal avec les blogs à deux!

  12. Bea Says:

    Wow, was I glad to get this information. You saved me a few hours of online research.
    We bought our beautiful Pfaltzgraff “Villa della Luna” dinnerware just before all the lead/China hoopla this fall. Now I feel a little better about using it.

  13. Andrea Says:

    Corelle GLASSWARE is FINE!!! It’s the stoneware that you have to avoid. Check out this link to a lead test of various dinnerware:

    I just read a way to test whether your mugs have lead:

    “Microwave test for mugs: Put an empty mug in the microwave, also put in a measuring cup full of water. Run the microwave on full
    power for 1 minute. When you take the mug out it should not be hot. It should feel normal. If it is hot, then it has either lead in the
    glaze or moisture in the ceramic, which means fine cracks in the glaze. (either are no good). I did this and some of my older mugs
    were scorching hot, the newer corelle were cold.”

  14. Andrea Says:

    Corelle GLASSWARE is FINE!!! It’s the stoneware that you have to avoid. Check out this link to a lead test of various dinnerware:

    I just read a way to test whether your mugs have lead:

    “Microwave test for mugs: Put an empty mug in the microwave, also put in a measuring cup full of water. Run the microwave on full
    power for 1 minute. When you take the mug out it should not be hot. It should feel normal. If it is hot, then it has either lead in the
    glaze or moisture in the ceramic, which means fine cracks in the glaze. (either are no good). I did this and some of my older mugs
    were scorching hot, the newer corelle were cold.”

  15. Andrea Says:

    sorry to submit twice–I guess my enter-button finger is too fast..

  16. Deby Says:

    I called …today…
    Corelle corning today….
    they said all of their products meet FDA guidlines(scary huh) and their products ALL have lead…at*1/10 of 1 part per million*
    so you you like a pinch of arsenic in your stew?
    What do you think?

  17. Adam Says:

    It’s good to know IKEA Dinnerware is lead safe. I wonder how much lead is in their flower pot glazes. I’m looking for a crock of some sort to make sauerkraut in, and it’s very hard to find something big enough that isn’t plastic or metal.

  18. Rita Says:

    Thanks for doing this research–it’s really helpful. Does anyone know if Fiestaware is cadmium free? The sales people tell you it is, but I don’t know how you could get such bright glazes without lead and cadmium.

  19. kevinandkathleen Says:

    Here is another link for a very nice dishes. Far out of my price range, but very well made. The company itself is environmentally minded in every aspect of their business. Certainly some the nicest looking dishes I have seen as well. Lead free, triple fired etc.

  20. harold Says:

    Maybe Homer Laughlin, Lenox, and Corning are just more honest than the others… And Dansk happens to be a Lenox brand…

    I wonder what Pyrex and Anchor Hocking would say if we called up. { I too use their storage containers. I found some glass lids in a grocery store that fit them– I use those lids in the necrowave and oven. I threw away the plastic knobs, replacing some of the with wood, and leaving some of the lids knobless for long sessions in the oven.}

    I wouldn’t go with Ikea– too many suppliers. My ranking would be:
    1) Made in the EU. They tend to have stricter standards than the US.
    2) Made in the US.
    3) I would not use products made in Asia, Mexico,Central America, etc. Give ‘em a few years at least.


    PS Thanks for all the legwork and info.

  21. Deby Says:

    Now what about PLASTIC…I just found out some information that is terrible …and by the way…HL…Fiestaware IS NOT totally lead free….I have a letter from them stating that….
    Anchor Hocking is totally safe have talked to them several times…
    ALSO concerned about cookware…crockpots..etc…
    LET me know IF you want any more sources for information

  22. Mary Says:

    Does anyone know anything about Noritake? I was thinking about buying some new. We presently have two sets of their stoneware that was purchased, I believe, over twenty-five years ago. Also does anyone know of a safe crockpot?

  23. Ray Says:

    Is there any information about porcelain dinnerware? With the higher firing temperatures,it would seem that porcelain would be a better choice.

  24. Shannon Says:

    I just called Mikasa and they said that some of their patterns DO contain lead and I would need to get a pattern # to check for lead in a individual line!

  25. zakary Says:

    Thank you for all your great comments and extra information!

    @Andrea: The Lead Plate Results from KUTV is interesting, it sure shines an interesting light on some brands.

    I have never heard of the Microwave lead test, but I just ran one of our Pfaltzgraff mugs through the test for fun and it came out cold… interesting, though I’m not sure I would rely solely on that.

    @Deby: 0.1 parts-per-million meets the requirements of California Proposition 65 so in theory it is “safer.” It is not lead-free, though if you look at the PDF Andrea pointed us to Corelle results look pretty close to lead-free. Any information you have on slow cookers / crockpots I would definitely be interested in!

    @Rita: I’m afraid we must cautiously trust what companies tell us until we find information that proves otherwise. Scary…

    @kevinandkathleen: Oh to have a larger disposable income!

    @harold: The Pyrex and Anchor Hocking products are great, interestingly Pyrex is made by the same parent company as Corelle, though in theory since they are glass they are lead-free. The European Union definitely seems to have better laws / rules than North America. One of the reasons we liked the Ikea products is because – at least according to them – they make their products to comply with the laws of the strictest country where they sell their products. If this is true is is a great deal for all of the people in less strict countries.

    @Mary: I don’t know anything about Noritake, however if I remember correctly there is a lot of concern over old stoneware and porcelain products, this would probably also apply to cold crockpots.

    @Ray: From what I have read, porcelain and stoneware should be treated with the same caution when it comes to lead. Not sure how much the firing helps, though Corelle says that lead ‘release is minimized’ due to their high firing temperatures.

    @Shannon: That was very helpful of Mikasa eh? :)

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  27. Christine Says:

    I’ve used my 2007 pfaltzgraf dishes for about 6 months. After reading about how dishes that contain lead frequently heat up faster than the food- like my dishes- I bought a Hybrivet 16 unit lead check kit, as recommended by Consumer Reports. My set flunked. “if your swab turns pink and or the confirmation test turns pink to bright red, there are hazardous lead levels. ” It’s a double test for each kit.
    symptom- dinnerware heats faster than the food
    - dinnerware contains bright colored paints
    - dinnerware flunks reliable test
    I bought mine at Linens and Things.
    it flunked 3/2008

  28. Linda Says:

    My Blue Ikea cereal bowls get hot when in the microwave – does that mean they have lead??

  29. Kate Says:

    I’ve been trying to get information from Royal Doulton on the safety of one of their dinnerware lines for over a week now and they keep delaying a response. In the meantime I’ve looked into switching to glass dinnerware. I found this set that looks promising ( Any ideas on if there’s any potential toxin leaching with glass. The company tells me this pattern is lead-free and that it is a pressed glass made of soda lime. Not sure if a borosilicate glass would be better. Any thoughts?

  30. Debra Lynn Dadd Says:

    We’ve been having the same conversation over on my blog.

    I wanted to make a few comments.

    I think someone commenting here misread what was said about Corelle. It is only the dishes with *decorations* that have lead, the plain white ones do not. This was confirmed by one of my readers, who had here white Corelle dishes tested and they came out having no lead.

    I have some other companies listed with lead-free dinnerware and there is a lot of discussion, so if you want more info on this topic, come visit.

    Debra Lynn Dadd
    author, Home Safe Home
    author, Really Green
    Debra’s List — links to 1000s of green products
    Green Living Q&A blog

  31. P E Says:

    The standard of 100 mg/kg is 100 times too much!

  32. Olga Says:

    I wonder if corningware is the same as Vision ware made in France.

    I recently bought 2 sets of pans, but now I am concerned they may contain lead.

    I also wonder if Iron cast is safe to use?



  33. Mara Dworsky Says:

    It has been recalled due to lead content.

  34. lisa esposito Says:

    On 4/28/08 Pfaltzgraft recalled their Villa del Luna pattern due to minimum levels of lead, and cadmium.

    This seems contradictory to their finding that they do not use any of these materials.

  35. Joan Rummell Says:

    lisa, do you have any links or further info. re: the Pfaltzgraff recall?

    Thank you.

  36. Bea Says:

    Hi Deby
    I’m doing research for new dishes and want leadfree so would love to have any info you might want to share. Thank you

  37. Sonja Says:

    I’m flabbergasted. What do manufacturers tell themselves that makes it alright, in their minds, to put toxins in something that they know people will eat off of? I don’t get it. Anyway, I’ve always been in love with Corelle Livingware, you know the dishes that look like solid enamel and don’t break? Please tell me they’re safe.

  38. Allen Zaretsky Says:

    Dear Bea:

    Villa Della Luna ware has been recalled for containing too much lead and cadmium, although Pfaltzgraff has done little or nothing to warn people of this danger. It’s website now says it’s “out of stock”. I just returned six boxes of the stuff, so I know they have some….

  39. Bea Says:

    Have just talked to a gal a Mikasa and she claimed their stuff is lead free. I’m interested in the chef line, Tyler Florence, has out. It’s white so am hoping but not taking any chances til I find out for sure. This research has been very interesting. A line that Johnson Bros. put out with Emeril I think does have lead. Bea

  40. Jackie Says:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 28, 2008 — Lifetime Brands, Inc., of Garden City, New York, today announced that, as a result of its internal compliance and independent product testing programs, it recently became aware that certain Pfaltzgraff® Villa della Luna® pattern and Nautica J Class® pattern stoneware dinnerware products may exceed the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) guidance levels for lead and/or cadmium. No illness related to these products has been reported to date.
    Specifically, the following products are subject to this recall:

  41. Ronnie Says:

    Slow Cookers…

    I have been looking for a slow cooker for quite sometime….But I can’t seem to find one that is not made in China and I’m very leary about products being made there without lead in them.
    Do you know of a company that makes slow cookers and are lead free?



  42. Maria Atwood Says:

    This was an EXCELLENT article and great research for all of us. I too have a great need to know what dishes to recommend via my cooking classes and as a Weston A Price Chapter Leader. I have done as much research for lead free crock pots but they all use the California law and say they follow the FDA guidelines….Well, so much for that. I now do all my broth making on top of the stove as crock pots are too hot even on the lowest temperature for making nutrient dense soups/broths.
    Thanks so much – Maria

  43. Val Says:

    Bea posted on 12/24/07 that she had just purchased the Villa della luna pattern from Pfaltzgraff. Please go to the above site to read that the dinner plate and cereal bowl in this particular pattern along with a Nautica pattern were recalled in April 2008. I just purchased a different pattern by Pfaltzgraff today along with a home testing kit for lead.

  44. ysabel Says:

    I just bought some white porcelain and planning to return them cos I have seen the company’s name in “Import Alert!”(for excessive Lead/Cadmium)here’s the link for your info.
    …Good thing I haven’t started using them..My husband said it’s ok since the ones I bought were not the ones listed there but I told him that better not use them cos I don’t know how they glaze the white porcelain. Then I found this website in search for Lead/Cadmium free products and I learned that Luminarc tempered glass dinner/soup plates and mugs(transparent items) and pyrex glass/ceramics are better…I think and hope!)

  45. Debra Lynn Dadd Says:

    Ysabel ~

    I went and took a look at that Import Alert you mentioned. Please note that it is from 2003, which is five years ago. It’s entirely possible that the company has changed that that data is no longer correct. I’m not saying that it has changed and the dinnerware is safe, I just would do more research before deciding that dinnerware is unsafe based on testing a sample of dinnerware five years ago.

    Debra Lynn Dadd
    author, Home Safe Home
    author, Really Green
    Debra’s List — links to 1000s of green products
    Green Living Q&A blog

  46. Ysabel Says:

    Thanks Debra,
    I hope they make their products safe now but I have returned them already. We decided to start buying transparent tempered glass since we normally use a dishwasher. Before I learned that “white ceramics/porcelain are safe to use” and now finding out that not all whites are safe …it’s time for me to replace them(they are 5 to 7 yrs. old in our kitchen). I have been using tempered glass(bakeware) for baking/freezing food for many years and I am glad that I can find tempered glass tableware here. But of course I will still continue to do some search since my family and friends always ask me what to buy so I should really be very careful. I already looked at your website and it’s very informative..thanks a lot :-)

  47. Helen Says:

    Re. Ikea dinnerware. Just read your posting about Ikea dinnerware being lead free. I understand that the same stock is sold worldwide throughout their stores. I saw two nice dinnersets at Ikea last year in Australia (one blue, one yellow). Only one of the sets (can’t remember which now) was shown as lead free or lead safe on the product tag. When I enquired regarding this and why the other wasn’t marked lead safe I received a response saying the other did contain lead due to the colour difference. So this is interesting given the response you received. Here in Australia at least I question the companies ability to give accurate product information since once customer service rep assured me their mattresses are produced in Sweden. (Turned out he assumed this because it is a Swedish company). Unfortunately think answers depend on who you speak to when the phone is answered.

  48. Pat Unice Says:

    I was at a Pfaltzgraff store this weekend 7/19/08 and asked about my dinnerware set that I have not seen in stores ..I said I thought it was being discontinued..I found out yes…the dinner plate and soup bowl were recalled..I called Customer Service and spoke to a rep., as I was told my the salesperson that I can bring my dinnerware back, and if I did not have a receipt I would get store credit on the last sale price the item was. Needless to say this is not acceptable, I told her. I have a Pfaltzgraff credit card I took out when I bought the set, and I told them I should of been informed of the recall. I have cancer all ready …my grandchildren eat here all the time, I have my ill brother will me and he is now on thyroid meds., one of the problems that come from it….as he never had any problems before he started to stay with me, as he had lung cancer operation last Dec.,and had every test given. I am so beside myself, I do not know what to do. I have colon cancer…been operated on for it chemo/radiation…in the past years. Now this to worry about. I told them I have lost faith in their product and would not accept a credit from the store. She said that they have my name on file now and I told her I would get back to her when I and think clearly, as I just found out this week. I think the US has to stop letting products be made over seas where there is no control on the manufacture of the products that I sold in this country.
    When I spoke to her she could not say what was the problem, paint, dyes, pottery…they do not let customrer service know all, just the higher ups who make the big bucks, and then let the poor customer reps., get all the bad feedback.

  49. Steph Says:

    Hi, I just checked with this company (local to me) and Michelle at Fire and Light said that there is NO LEAD in this beautiful made-in-the-USA-from-recycled-glass glassware. It truly is spectacular!

  50. Donna Says:

    Pat, What Pfaltzgraff pattern did you have? I thought Pfaltzgraff claimed to be lead free? What store were you at? Please respond. Thank you.

  51. Pell Face Says:

    Very clear reasoning. I just read though that with the tests done by Kenyon consulting and Kutv that there is lead in all the countries.

  52. Melissa Says:

    Ok, I really don’t know what information you can rely on anymore. I read that all glassware/glass dinnerware is lead free. But corelle has a glass dinnerware that they say is layered in their ‘glass glaze’. Someone also said they claimed lead in everything they made. Does this mean that even glass can have lead too? Or did they say that about their traditional stoneware dinnerware lines???

    I want to replace all of my dishes to glass but am just wanting to make sure that glass is completely safe. Does any have more info on glass dinnerware? And corelle glass dinnerware?

  53. Linda Says:

    I am looking at a set of dishes by Nina Campbell @ Stein Mart but concerned of lead, they are made in China. Does anyone have any info on them Also does Corell plates from wal-mart have lead. I missed that one

  54. Linda Says:

    I’m looking for any info on the Nina Campbell dinnerware @ Stein Mart. Concerned because they are made in China. Also would like info on corelle ware dishes that are mellamine from Wal Mart. Would also like to know if they have lead. Do dishes that are microwave and dishwasher safe have lead in them.

  55. Charlene Says:

    I just recently purchased the Gibson Rave Red Square 16 piece dinnerware set at walmart I am concerned that maybe these dishes have been recalled. Does anyone have any info on these dishes. Thanks

  56. Stephanie Says:

    Responding to “By Melissa on Aug 21, 2008″ Reply

    Ok, I really don’t know what information you can rely on anymore. I read that all glassware/glass dinnerware is lead free. But corelle has a glass dinnerware that they say is layered in their ‘glass glaze’. Someone also said they claimed lead in everything they made. Does this mean that even glass can have lead too? Or did they say that about their traditional stoneware dinnerware lines???

    I want to replace all of my dishes to glass but am just wanting to make sure that glass is completely safe. Does any have more info on glass dinnerware? And corelle glass dinnerware?

    Someone mentioned earlier that Corelle has 1/10 of 1 part per million in all of their dishes, according to a customer rep. It does seem possible that there are glazes in the glassware. But they do apparently meet the CA standards. I’m trying to decide if the CA standards are good enough or if I want to go with Pfaltzgraff.

  57. Pat Says:

    I was at a store, in Ct….outlet one near Old Saybrook. I have now recieved new plates, and I did not have to pay anything, which I would not…. I am going to keep e-mailing their customrer service as I feel I should get some of type of explanation, and compensation, which I have not recieved..the pattern is Villa della Luna..the dinner plates and the soup bowls…
    Have you had a problem…the reason why this is late…is that I just went on the web-site…I did not get a e-mail…

  58. Sheila Says:

    Just searching for more on lead in dishes I happened upon this web site.

    I just received a response from Noritake to my question regarding lead in my two patterns. They did not respond to the specific question re: these patterns. They gave a broader statement about their dishes. I am not convinced that I am safe using these dishes.

    There response:
    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Since Prop. 65 did not become into effect until 1993, we do not have lead
    levels on our older dinnerware. However, prior to 1993 all dinnerware was
    checked by the FDA before entering the US.

    The Coalition for Safe Ceramicware recommends using a laboratory service
    rather than a home test kit. This kind of measurement typically requires
    very sophisticated equipment for reliable test results. Your local health
    department should be able to provide the name and number of a lead-testing
    lab near you.

    The following is our company letter regarding the lead in dinnerware and
    Proposition 65.

    You may recently have become concerned about media reports concerning lead
    in ceramic tableware. A very tiny amount of the lead contained in ceramic
    tableware may release into certain foods or beverages. Noritake believes
    that all of its ceramic tableware is safe for use by the consumer. Not only
    does all Noritake fine china and ceramic ware meet all current lead release
    levels applicable nationwide published by the U.S. Food and Drug
    Administration (FDA), but Noritake products also meet the international
    standards governing lead release issued by the International Standards
    Organization (ISO).

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, Proposition 65, applicable in California
    only, mandates that a warning be given whenever a product exposes a consumer
    to more than 0.5 micrograms. This amounts to one-half of one one-millionth
    of a gram of lead per day. Proposition 65, which is California law,
    recognizes that exposure to lead 1,000 times this 0.5 microgram level has no
    observable effect on the consumer.

    Noritake tableware is properly fired through a carefully monitored
    manufacturing process. Noritake is proud to state that its products are
    manufactured under carefully controlled conditions, and with utmost care
    that is designed to produce an appealing, durable and safe product.

    Noritake success in producing high quality, safe ceramic ware is well
    recognized by the FDA, which samples and tests all ceramic tableware that is
    sold in the United States. All of Noritake’s products meet published FDA

    As a company that cares about the health and safety of its customers and who
    wants them to have all the information they need to make intelligent
    purchases, and is in compliance with the California law, Noritake has joined
    most of the world’s leading and reputable companies who sell ceramic ware in
    the state of California to advise the citizens of that state, through
    placarding at retail stores, that its products do contain some lead. As far
    as Noritake is aware, it is in full compliance with all state laws
    regulating the lead content of ceramic tableware.

    Noritake is working around the clock; hand-in-hand with other ceramic ware
    makes worldwide, to develop the technology that will eventually result in
    ceramic tableware that is lead-free. In the interim, Noritake wants its
    customers to know its products are safe.

    Finally, Noritake offers some helpful general suggestion below to be borne
    in mind to ensure consumer safety when using ceramic tableware.

    - Avoid using handmade of homemade “craft ware” for food or beverages;
    - Look for and follow label directions on ornamental ware that states “Not
    for Food Use — For Decorative Purposes Only.”
    - Do not store food or beverages in vessels that appear to be poorly
    manufactured, chipped or unsanitary.
    - Be alert to conditions and patterns of use that can increase exposure to
    lead or other undesirable elements. Consider that acidic foods, high
    temperatures and increased time of food contact can increase the lead
    release levels particularly in the case of improperly fired ceramics.

    Noritake Service Center

  59. FSNOW Says:

    Donna, I also bought the Pfaltgraff “Villa Del Luna” 5 piece setting for eight this past Christmas. A few months ago I received a warning from to get in tough with the Pfaltgraff co because of a recall. The rep told me that the dinner plates and soup bowls were testing positive for lead and was to be returned immediately. I asked her if any of the other pieces were involved and she assured me that they were not. I received credit which I use to order plates and bowls from another pattern that would match what I still had. Last night I was warming up a hot dog for one minute on the small saucer that was part of the original order; when I reached for the plate, it was so hot that it singed my thumb and forefinger. Natually I dropped it on the floor and it broke in about 20 pieces, all of which were making popping and sizzeling noices and grey smoke was coming off each piece, also the hot dog was burnt where it was touching the saucer. I have worked in ceramics for many yeas and this is NOT normal for pure ceramic. Right now I am trying to find where I need to report this to and have the rest of the set tested.

  60. critter nanny Says:

    I recently received a couple of pieces of Corning Visions cookware that I ordered from a replacement service. The invoice was stamped with the California Prop 65 warning as to lead content. Does anyone have any reliable info on the lead/arsenic/or any other carcinogen content of Corning Visions cookware?

  61. Judy Says:

    I would like to know why Mellisa dishes were discontinued. Ihave been using these dishes for a couple years. The dinner plates and the salad plates are turning real black in the center. I also noticed under the cabinet where they are kept, there is a lot of black, witch looks like lead. Is this why they were discontinued? What can be done about this?

  62. kellyn Says:

    I think you misread that test data. Corelle was one of the dinnerware tested that did the best for no lead. Please review that information again.

  63. ysabel Says:

    Hi Melissa;

    Here are the answers/explanations I’ve got from Luminarc when I asked about their glassware(specially the transparent tempered glass):
    1. “After checking with our Quality dept, here are the information we can provide you.

    Legally speaking, decorated or blank porcelain items can content lead and cadmium.
    But, on the other side, they cannot release high level of lead and cadmium.
    This point is very important and strictly controlled and the whole of our Foodservice pocelain collections respect these health and safety regulations.

    We hope this answers to your request and remain at your disposal for any further information.”

    2. “Regarding glassware, only crystal items contain lead because this is the condition for the glass to be qualified as “crystal” (24% of lead in the glass minimum). Under this
    level, the glass cannot be considered as crystal. You can recognize the sound of crystal when slightly shocking the glass.

    So regarding your request and for a daily use, you can choose your new tableware collection among our LUMINARC dinnerware and drinkware collections without any

    For your information, we have also recently developed a new material called KWARX. This very ecological material was specially created for some of our oenological
    collections such as OPEN UP, Oenologue etc…commercialized under CHEF & SOMMELIER brand. This material is totally free of lead and 30% more resistant than a classical

  64. Alex Says:

    I read this blog while drinking out of my plain white Corelle cup. How confusing. The above comment says even undecorated white dishes can have lead, while other previous comments say plain white is safe.

    I also look at this last comment that says crystal has 24% lead so if it is not crystal it is safe??? What a joke-what if it 23% lead? So do we need to worry about lead in glass too?

    Why is it so hard to avoid poisoning ourselves? And how shameful that Europe has higher standards then our own country.

  65. kay Says:

    I have a set of Johnson brothers Hearts and Flowers stoneware (“graniteware”) I was planning on using. It was made in England and decades ago. I know they joined with Wedgewood awhile back and today their patterns are no longer being produced. I wrote Wedgewood in hopes of finding out if there was lead used in the making of this pattern. I haven’t heard anything as of yet. Does anyone know anything about lead content in colored ironware or graniteware? Are the home lead test reliable? Thanks! By the way, I noticed the California Prop 65 coming up on the Amazon website this month everytime I went to put Spode Christmas tree pattern dishes in my cart. That prompted me to do some research on any dinnerware before buying.

  66. Harold Says:

    Rather than ask about every single pattern made by every single manufacture, I think that by now we have enough information to know that the safest thing to do is to avoid standard stoneware and porcelain, and use undecorated glass as much as possible.

    Not the most attractive dinnerware, I know, but glazes just aren’t safe.

    So I’m a Corelle/Anchor Hocking/Pyrex guy now. With no decorations.

  67. Harold Says:

    In keeping with my last post, let’s re-phrase the slow-cooker question now:

    Since stoneware isn’t safe, does anyone know of a slow-cooker with a glass cook-pot? Or has anyone found a glass container that fits in a slow-cooker? If so, what brand of cooker, and what brand of glass pot?

  68. Sherry Says:

    Does anyone have any experience with Dansk dinnerware made in Thailand? The sets we have came from Bed Bath and Beyond. When microwaving food on either the large or smaller plates, some of the plates will heat up very hot while the food stays cool and other plates in the set work fine. Go figure. I’m not sure what it means. There’s been no crazing in the glaze so it leads me to believe there’s lead somewhere in the plate. Why with the same food on different plates the result is different I’m not sure. I’m going to follow-up with Dansk about it but would appreciate any insight from those of you who’ve researched this further.

  69. Harold Says:

    Sherry, read my posts from 1/5…

    No good news, IMO.


  70. Sherry Says:

    Yes, I think that’s where I’m going to do next as well — go glass. But, I want to see if Dansk will refund my money. This product is useless and dangerous. We’ll see and I’ll let everyone know.

  71. Harold Says:

    Someone mentioned some really nice glass earlier — it’s in this thread somewhere. A bit pricey, if I recall, but what isn’t? If I could see it in person, I’d sure like to upgrade from this Corelle.


  72. bj Says:

    Hi, Since it has been so long since this post, i don’t know if you will ever get or see this. But in researching what slow cooker to get, i came up on the site page that had your post about the villa de luna dinnerware. I did a search on that, as i thought i might want to get it.. but was immediately shocked to see the following:
    Since the FDA is in cahoots with monsanto and pharmaceutical companies to make us dependent on drugs and shorten our life spans… it must be really bad when they have to recall a product, to show us that they are on top of things. Please be advised about your dinnerware.

  73. KD Says:

    Does anyone have any information on the lead content of Tienshan Dinnerware

  74. Harold Says:

    Once again, see my posts from 1/5. That’s my opinion.


  75. kay Says:

    I believe Sango dinnerware is supposed to be lead free. I am researching it now.

  76. Harold Says:

    What it boils down to is that some manufacturers say that their products are lead-free because they meet FDA guidelines. They can legally get away with saying that.

    Other, more honest manufacturers say that no, their products are not lead-free.

    Of course, the market punishes the manufacturers that are more honest, and rewards those that are less honest.


  77. Amanda Greene Says:

    Excellent post, and I toss herein a few (disturbing) tidbits I turned up in my EIGHT hour long, ultimately fruitless, webquest for non-toxic dinnerware:

    Goes to show, whatever the company PR line is (Pfaltzgraff & Waeschenbach, e.g., made a big fuss about being lead-free), ultimately, it’s all just a big gamble. Much as it pains me, I’ve decided to go with an excruciatingly utilitarian-looking set of stainless steel dinnerware. Ugly, but at least I can be _certain_ it won’t poison us.

  78. iikomi Says:

    I called the EPA & they told me that every manfacturer MUST by law give you a copy of their M.S.D.S. sheet (MATERIALS SAFETY DATA SHEET) telling you what materials are used in their any product. Also check the web for HOME LEAD TEST kits – to be used on dinnerware not just paint, Maybe some exist for OTHER heavy metals. The health dept can check for lead too

  79. Connie Says:

    Oh my gosh thank you for all your information guys. Well, we are doing the same thing everyone else seems to be doing. I have a set stamped Covington The Covington Edition Stoneware Japan/ Floral Expessions Stoneware Japan. But am going for the all glass from now on. Will watch for any update you have on the crock pots.
    Thanks again.

  80. Jenna Says:

    Hi everyone,

    This is a great conversation. So glad I found it! I was just given multiple peices of Corningware. From what I just read of the postings, it looks like I should be fine with it?


  81. Tania Says:

    No one has mentioned Emile Henry dinnerware.

    Thanks to everyone for the posts on this topic; I’ve been on a quest for attractive lead-free dinnerware and found a claim on Emile Henry’s website that their products are lead-free and cadmium-free. Here is their website:

    I just ordered some lovely sky blue plates and bowls (sets of four of each) on Amazon for around half off–a great deal. I emailed the company to verify that their glazes contain no lead. I’ll post again when I hear back. I really hope they’re truly lead-free!


  82. Harold Says:

    Tania, here,s a copy-and-paste from two of my earlier posts:

    “Rather than ask about every single pattern made by every single manufacture, I think that by now we have enough information to know that the safest thing to do is to avoid standard stoneware and porcelain, and use undecorated glass as much as possible.”

    “What it boils down to is that some manufacturers say that their products are lead-free because they meet FDA guidelines. They can legally get away with saying that.

    Other, more honest manufacturers say that no, their products are not lead-free.”

  83. Tania Says:

    Harold, thank you–I agree that the absolute safest approach would be to use undecorated glass whenever possible. However, I also think that if there is a company that is apparently doing the right thing and not adding lead or cadmium to their dinnerware, we should support them by purchasing their product.

    It is true that I can’t be absolutely certain that Emile Henry glazes are lead- and cadmium-free, but I called the U.S. phone number for the company, and an employee read from a company document that said both their clay and glazes are made without lead or cadmium. This is consistent with what their website states. Their products are not made in China, where product control can be an issue, they are made at their factory in France.

    I have to admit that I am also motivated by a preference for the look of porcelain and stoneware vs. glass in dinnerware. In any case, I would encourage those searching for lead-free dinnerware to check out their website,, which has a U.S. contact number (not the toll-free outlet number, the one below it). Their response was satisfying enough for me, but for others it may make more sense to stick with the glassware we know is safe.


  84. Tamara Says:

    I guess I am still confused- So should we believe that Pfaltzgraff is lead-free or just FDA compliant? I am looking at a very colorful stoneware set (pistolet) and dont want to spend the dough if it is going to kill me-lol!
    Also can anyone help me on understanding fine china or porcelain and lead issues. I want to buy new not old- but I am hoping to buy a fancy tea set for my daughter…any clues? Pot, sugar, creamer and 4-8 cup and saucer sets- any clue on what manufacturer is safe?

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  86. Marie Says:

    Tania, did you receive your Emile Henry dinnerware? Have you tested it with a lead test kit? I am interested in ordering the blanc (white) color. I was going to buy a Corelle set, but the bowls are much smaller than I prefer. Thank you for your post, and thanks in advance for any additional information.

  87. gailzr Says:

    Help.I am new to this site but am very eager to learn . I have Parkinsons and am convinced there is a connecton beween my getting PD and my exposure to lead based paints in our Bronx apt. and the dishes and pots and pans my mom used. One of my brothers also has PD. Coincidence????I think not. I want new dishes .what should I consider?

  88. Trae Says:

    Does a plate have to get hot in order for the lead to leach? What if you never put them in the microwave or stove and only place hot food on them for eating? Or do they just leach no matter what. I have the Corelle with a decoration on it, so I’m hoping I can keep them.

  89. LouisM Says:

    All profit maximizing corporations are cost minimizing corporations. Materials with lead are cheaper to produce even when factoring in potential recalls and/or lawsuits in a weak civil law, captured regulator market like the US. Corporations are geared for quarterly profits at all costs. That is the system.

    When you wave your little American flag and go “Free Markets and capitalism equal freedom and democracy,” you have bought the propaganda myth narrative that is directly responsible for the dangerous products you are complaining about.

    Now does anyone know about Graniteware?

  90. LouisM Says:

    My above reply was to Sonja and her “I’m flabbergasted.” comment. We were interested in the safety of Graniteware glaze as it appears to be a good color for solar ovens…

  91. Holly Says:

    I used to work for World Kitchen, the company that produces Pyrex. You can purchase the lids for your Pyrex seperately. You can find them on the website ( or by calling them.

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  93. Tony Says:

    Seriously, thanks for the heads up

  94. mike Says:

    I’ve just purchased some really nice corsica hand painted dinnerware for my girlfriend and I noticed it was made in China.Should I be worried about lead from the paint?

  95. Harold Says:

    I’m a broken record. Read my previous posts.


  96. Claudia Kate Says:

    Canada makes the lowest lead content glass pots/ware from my previous web searching.
    My vision pyrex is purple in color and accdg to my research any glass with color has lead, i.e., the colors all have lead.
    San Francisco Aquarium recently shipped a glass dome all the way from Germany (made to order) because they were the only country that could produce lead-free glass; they were very concerned about the animal/reptile survival!!! interesting huh.

  97. A Koss Says:

    Has anyone had any trouble with lead and mold growing on their dishes. Dishes were mfg by Gibson Overseas.

  98. A Koss Says:

    Has anyone out there had any trouble with lead and mold growing on their dishes. Dishes were mfg by Gibson Overseas. Purchased @ Dillards

  99. Tal Says:

    Be careful with glass if concerned about lead, and if so, avoid lead crystal.
    From NY Times in 1991:
    “Items made of lead glass may leach lead into the food and beverages contained.[10][11] In a study performed at North Carolina State University[12], the amount of lead migration was measured for port wine stored in lead crystal decanters. After two days, lead levels were 89 µg/L (micrograms per liter). After four months, lead levels were between 2,000 and 5,000 µg/L. White wine doubled its lead content within an hour of storage and tripled it within four hours. Some brandy stored in lead crystal for over five years had lead levels around 20,000 µg/L.[13][14] To put this into perspective, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lead standard for drinking water is 15 µg/L = 15ppb.[15] Citrus juices and infant formula leach lead from crystal just as effectively as alcoholic beverages. Several companies do make lead crystal baby bottles and it is suspected they may present a health danger to infants.[13]”

  100. b.rose Says:

    Does anyone have experience or information about ForLife Designs tea and cafe ware, made in China?

    I’m just going to carve cups and bowls out of my own mesquite!

  101. MJ Says:

    I did this research, extensively. The only safe bet is clear glassware. The next safest product, which we purchased – is Fiestaware made here, in the U.S.

    Whatever the manufactures say about items being lead free is up for grabs, because all that you list above have some or all made in China (which throws the lead regulations for US out the window). Simply look on the back of the plates before you buy. If it’s not made in the US, don’t buy it. (or just buy clear glass)

  102. MJ Says:

    BTW, anything made of clay/ceramic is going to have trace amounts of naturally occurring lead. The issue is the added lead (in glazes or added to the ceramic). This increases the lead to create caution for the consumer.

  103. sheila Says:

    so glad to have found you…thank you…have tried the glass with watr in with empty mugs and plates and these are cheep products they didnt get hot..had a glazelike fiesta made in china by citrus grove did i do something wrong..also have clear glass callalillie from bed and bath but very old with knife scratches on eating side should i replace.they are a tempered glass also thanks

  104. maria Says:

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  105. Terri Lynn Says:

    Thanks for all the good info. Harold, don’t get too mad. We ladies like our colored dishes. Not at the expense of the threat of lead, but it’s still sometimes a struggle for us to buy “plain, boring” dishes. :) On that note, is anyone familiar with Pfaltzgraff Blue Pointe?

  106. Marisa Says:

    I just found this website article on crockpots. I don’t know if it will make anyone feel any safer, but I feel better.

  107. sheila Says:

    currently purchased fiestaware by HOmer Laughton in white hping that someone will tell me that they dont have lead issues..they are scratching from flatware does this mean sheila

  108. Betty Says:

    Where can you get dishes from Canada? Is there a good website?

    I have cobalt blue glass dishes from Luminarc and various stoneware and decorated Corelle. So it looks like we need to switch these out.

  109. Laurie Says:

    According to a post at the top of this list, Dansk doesn’t lead. I assume that means no added lead. We just bought Dansk, plain white with a thin blue trim on the edges. According to a letter from Dansk, they also contain no plastic, which means no BPA. We wanted to replace our Corelle because of BPA, which is suppose to be in some dinnerware. I figured it’s in Corelle since its more durable, less breakable. Any thoughts?

  110. Deborah Says:

    I have just discovered that my 2 year old white Providence pattern Pfaltzgraf dinnerware is leaching hazardous amounts of lead. I have been sick for months and have the blood tests to prove it. They offered me new dishes. yeah, right. I improve dimmediatly when I stoopped using them. No idea yet asto the extent of the organ damage. Any one suing them?

  111. Shawn Says:

    I saw some comments thinking glass wouldn’t contain led, but as far as I know glass can contain lead.

    I’ve been removing anything that goes into contact with my food that is made in China. Seems even if the manufacturers specify lead shouldn’t be used it doesn’t mean it won’t be. With my luck what remains that is made in USA will have materials bought from China with lead. Maybe testing is the only way to be sure, but then what else would you test for. I think they could and have shown they may use anything if it keeps the cost down even if it’s harmful.

  112. MARYANN Says:

    Has anyone heard of sengWare? It says lead/cadmium free

  113. gail Says:

    WOW, thanks for the test. I was just complaining to Cuisinart about dishes I had bought from them. The mugs got hot and untouchable. I did your little test and they must be pure lead. Thanks I will look for new dishes this weekend.

  114. Marian Says:

    I have the pattern “Gourmet Harvest” by Noritake, which I believe came out in the late 1990′s. Can I assume that this is safe?

  115. Allyson Says:

    I have some old Fiesta dishes from my grandmother. Not sure exactly when they were purchased, but easily 40 years or so ago. I have notices that they are getting black marks on them. I am wondering if they contain lead paint and that’s why they are doing that. Any input? Thank you in advance for your thoughts…..

  116. Marian Says:

    This is an update on my previous (Feb 15) post. I recently ordered some replacements of my Noritake Gourmet Harvest dishes (originally manufactured in the mid- to late 1990′s), and they arrived @ my residence with the California-mandated Proposition 65 warning–that use of the dishes will expose a person to lead . . . back the dishes went, and we are now using some Homer Laughlin dishes, along with some Fiesta Ware. You can check out the webside at

  117. Wilma Says:

    I own some old cornflower design corningware. A few years ago I asked them if it continaed any lead.
    They never responded.
    Do you know?

  118. Laura Says:

    Do read some of the reviews & literature on Sengware. Even Sengware’s website warns that the dishes can scratch from the use of knives and forks–not very durable.

    I’ve started looking at restaurant china–Apilco, Pillivuyt, Tuxton, Homer Laughlin, Vertex. I’m beginning to get the impression that high-fired, chip-resistant dishware is much less likely to leach lead, because the high-fired makes the glaze inert. No, I do NOT know this for sure.

  119. Laura Says:

    Old Fiestaware is notorious for having lead in the glaze, but it’s hard to say if your specific pieces have lead or not. I suggest you test these before using them for food.

  120. russel Says:

    exactly how much lead do the decorations on corelle dishes contain?

  121. Jen Says:

    Hello, What about Gibson Elite dishes? They are all white, square dishes. I bought them at Costco in the U.S. I only found 1 guy saying they contained lead but it wasn’t an exact match of what I had. Do you know if they contain lead?

    Thank you so much!!!

  122. Gerry Says:

    Does leaching from ceramics only occur from microwaving/heating…assuming no cracks and chips? Can there be leaching if for example hot coffee poured in mug? Just confused.

  123. FiFi Says:

    Anyone know if BIA Cordon Bleu dinnerware is lead and cadmium free?

  124. Julie Says:

    What company makes a good clear glass dinnerware set? Lots of people are saying, go with clear glass dinnerware, but from where?

  125. Joe Says:

    I find it interesting that only one comment in this thread mentioned coffee mugs. These mugs and teacups hold extra hot liquids for however long it takes to finish the beverage. I have to wonder if the heat from the beverage creates a fast release of lead from within the mug.

  126. Harold Says:

    When I read “dinnerware”, I include tea/coffee cups under that heading as well.

    I use a glass coffee cup, and a stainless steel commuter mug.

    When I re-heat in the microwave, I pour my coffee into a canning-grade jelly jar or the like, on the theory that those jars are specifically designed for high heat. But it’s only a guess that those jars are safer; I have no data to back that up.


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  128. amy Says:

    sengware at… lead and cadmium free dinnerware. I’m tossing my corelle. thanks for keeping this info around.

  129. Lacey Cook Says:

    our local shop is giving away some free coffe mugs that are also of high quality,.”`

  130. Robert Ahmed Says:

    i always use Ceramic Coffee mugs because they are quite tough, i dropped them on the floor without breaking,,*

  131. Lis Says:

    Does anyone know if the Pfaltgraff “Villa Del Luna”
    dishes are still unsafe?

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  133. Winding Machine  Says:

    my favorite coffee mug are those that are made from porcelain or ceramic-`:

  134. Jeanie @ Pyrex Store Says:

    Hello, just wandered by. I have a Pyrex website. Lots of information out there. Looking for something else, but very nice site. Cya later.

  135. Neusa Says:

    I have been very worried about lead. I just got the Pfaltzgraff blue meadow set. It has been discontinued. Does anyone know anything about this pattern?
    Thank you

  136. Neusa Says:

    Hi! It is me again. I was readin a forum about lead and was linked to this site. All made in Ohio and lead free.

  137. Barbara Says:

    I did some research on this a few years back and the only lead free I could find at that time was Corelle (the white glassware not stoneware) and Fiesta. No one mentions Fiesta ware at all. My Corelle does get very hot in the microwave though. Not sure what that means. I cannot find a slow cooker without lead. Does anyone know of one? thanks

  138. Rebekah Says:

  139. Barbara Says:

    Rebekah thank you for the info.

  140. Joyce Says:

    I too have recently been concerned about the lead and cadmium in dinnerware. Bennington Pottery in Vermont is safe. I found them by purchasing a beautiful pot at an estate sale and checked out the markings on it and found out about the pottery. I am presently saving to try and buy a set. If anyone finds ones as nice and better price, please post. Thanks.

  141. Replacement Wedgwood China Says:

    What about Wedgwood? Are they still making their china with lead?

  142. Marissa Says:

    Does anyone know if the Everyday White® from Bed Bath & Beyond is lead and cadmium free?

  143. Karen Says:

    I have read all th eposts regarding the Pfaltzgraff pattern Villa della Luna and am confused. If they did a recall for the dinner plate and teh cereal bowl, why is it possible to buy complete sets now? Did they recall teh items with lead and cadmium and then change the glaze formula so it is now safe? I am assuming that if they can legally sell it now it should be OK with the FDA. I really like the set and would like to buy it, but not if it is still suspect. I have used Corelle white plates for twenty years and will continue to do so for every day use, but I wanted sopmething a bit more colorful for entertaining. So does anyone know what’s up with a recall and then still selling the same items?

  144. Karen Says:

    Hi again, I just did a “Live Chat” with the Pfalzgraff company and have copied it below.

    “Welcome to, Bev will be right with you.
    Good afternoon, how may I assist you today?

    Hi I was interested in the pattern Villa Della Luna and read that there was a recall in 2008 of the dinner plates and cereal bowls due to lead and cadmium. I was wondering if the glazes are now safe again.

    The pattern meets all FDA guidelines – and is being made in a new manufacturing facility.”

    So I am wondering if anyone has heard anything to the contrary?

  145. Frances Says:

    Denby dishes are lead and cadmium free. the fiesta wear does have cadmium in it! what about silverware? WHAT IS THE SAFEST SILVERWARE? you already replaced your pans, right… i think that is where i was getting the most metal… DO WHITE CORNINGWARE BAKERS CONTAIN LEAD/CADMIUM? THANKS!

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  148. Mrs. C Says:

    This is in response to Jen May 15th. I too bought Gibson Elite from Costco. After seeing that they were made in China and accidentally hearing of a Gibson recall I became a bit alarmed so I contacted both Costco and called and emailed Gibson. I asked if they had lead and if they meet CA prop 65. In all three responses they avoided the prop 65 question and just said that they meet the FDA standard which is quite high. Also, they did say that all their dinnerware has lead. So, with that I sadly took my dishes back.

    Dear Mrs. C:

    Thank you for your recent correspondence.

    We at Gibson Overseas understand your concern regarding lead in dinner plates and other tableware. That is why we are committed to meeting all applicable standards for lead in tableware.

    In fact, Gibson Overseas has worked for many years with our suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that the tableware we distribute always meets applicable federal Food and Drug Administration requirements.

    We have confidence that our tableware products are safe for use in your family’s home. Thank you again for contacting us.

    Thank you,

    Victoria Roman Aguila
    Gibson Overseas, Inc.
    Consumer Relations Supervisor
    2410 Yates Ave, Commerce, CA 90040
    323-832-8900 X1208 Fax 323-832-0900

  149. Michelle Says:

    Hello everyone. Does anyone know if EVERYDAY WHITE from BED, BATH & BEYOND is safe to use? I cannot find this brand listed here or anywhere as lead-free and I have a set of those at home…Since I have children, I would appreciate much if someone could help me with this doubt.
    Thanks in advance.

  150. Matt Says:


    Would anyone happen to know if the white porcelain dishes that is being sold at “DAISO” (Japanese chain store) is lead free. I saw some really cool white ones
    that I liked, but wanted to know if anyone has more information on it.

    Thanks a lot.

  151. Brooke Says:

    I have heard that Daiso was selling toys and things with lead in them, so I’m not sure if I would trust them.

    I was all ready today to replace all of my dinnerware with vintage Corelle Crazy Daisy dinnerware. The plates are made of Vitrelle, a laminated tempered glass product (according to Wikipedia). I have read from a few sites that the patterns may contain low levels of lead. I’m not concerned about this with their vintage mugs and bowls because it’s all on the outside. However, I’m concerned about the plates. Is there anyone out there with a scientific background that can tell us if we really need to worry about the patterns around the edge of the plates??

    This is making me CRAZY!

  152. Nathan Says:

    I’ve read this entire discussion. Thanks to everyone for gathering this information. It has been mentioned several times that glassware and dinnerware manufactured in Europe are most likely to be safe from lead. La Rochere makes the famous bee glasses and plates as well as much else. This should be a low risk purchase, but I cannot find any actual information on whether this manufacturer uses lead in its ordinary glassware (i.e. outside of its crystal). If anyone know anything, I’d love to hear it. Thanks!

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  157. Fadi Says:

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  160. Lynne Says:

    Anyone know if “Citrus Grove” dinner plates are lead-free (and free of other toxins)? My husband just bought a whole set plus mugs and he paid only $1.50 each, which concerns me. They are also made in China. They are distrubuted by Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL. Thanks.

  161. Mythily Says:

    Hi, please note that I contacted both Pfaltzgraff and Dansk this week, and they said they **DO** have lead in their dinnerware now (although compliant w/prop 65.)

    Must’ve changed manufacturing processes since 2008! Is it possible to update your list so that people don’t mistakenly buy these products? Thanks for keeping this thread up – it was really helpful!

    Ps- for those still looking, Sengware is out of business, so don’t bother. Fishs Eddy said in writing that they’re lead and cadmium free on all their dinnerware.

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  163. judy Says:

    I am looking for dishes, ran across you site, I would like to thank you for going out of your way taking time to help others, I do this myself. I find it nice to know someone out there still cares about others. I did NOT know it was so hard (until I needed them) to find dishes that are safe to eat from. Terrible the way things are done anymore. It bothers me and there should be a law, about how the sellers dances around direct questions with their answers.

  164. Lee Says:

    Does anyone know about FF or Faggio/Fagia Made in Norway silk screened ?

  165. Stanley Soszynski Says:

    Wonderful thoughts have been expressed here, and backed by much time consuming research. Thanks for shortening my learning curve. Here is my offering just found in researching tempered glass products: Sorrento Dinnerware boasts to be “one of the premier brands of high quality lead free stoneware … in a range of colors…” That is what they say!

  166. napa Says:

    Still searching for lead free dishes. After reading this, and many others. I think I may choose fiesta, even if not my favorite. Health over style, as my mom would say. And they are a reasonable price. Other good options i found: Hartstone pottery, Denby, Apilco.

  167. Dianne Says:

    I purchased the Villa Della Luna dinnerware sets in November 2011 directly from the manufacturer. I’m assuming they meet CA Prop. 65 standards since they shipped them to me in Los Angeles. The dishes are stamped 2004, but they assured me that the items were manufactured more recently and meet FDA guidelines.

    All seemed okay until I just received a 20 piece set as a gift. The quality of the dishes are extremely poor and are stamped 2010. I contacted Pflatzgraff and the rep said the store where they were purchased is approved by the company. However, she could not answer the question regarding the stamped date, i.e., does the date represent the production date or the trademark date? She said a supervisor would need to call me and I’m still waiting to hear back. Does anyone have these dishes stamped 2010? Also, for those of you who purchased them after the 2008 recall, do the dishes have a 2004 stamp or a newer date?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  168. Angeline Says:

    I have to say that I think the response from IKEA is very similar to the response from Corelle. And, doing the math, the IKEA acceptable level of contamination is higher than Corelle’s 1/10 of one part per million.

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  171. Sarah Says:

    IMO the best dishes are Corelle. Supposedly the only part that may have super low levels of lead is the parts with the paint. Just buy the plain white ones and problem solved. I use a pattern with a design along the edge, but my food doesn’t touch it. When I needed additional pieces, I just bought plain white though.

  172. Dee Says:

    I HAVE the solid white dishes and bakers from Corelle. They all have gray marks in the white. I tried scrubbing and bleaching and nothing gets the gray out. It even looks like metal. Yuk. I cannot even look at my plates anymore let alone eat off of them.

  173. D Says:

    What about peritoneal dishes?

  174. D Says:

    I mean pier one dishes?

  175. Julianna Says:

    Well… this has been exhausting, revealing, and disheartening eye-opener!
    We have tossed it ALL and are going with Anchor Hocking… American Made, Lead-free, and really affordable!

    good luck everyone!

  176. sara Says:

  177. cmonet777 Says:

    I conducted a live chat with Mikasa and their party line is that “Lifetime Brands stands behind the safety and quality of all of its products. All of our products are tested by accredited, independent laboratories and meet or exceed all federal standards relating to lead and other contaminants.” and then they referred me to the FDA site for specifics on the federal standards they meet or exceed. They couldn’t elaborate any further. Very poor customer service.

  178. Amanda Says:

    Same experience w Mikasa in my enquiries. I have a house full of this stuff and they won’t say it is lead free only that it meets the standards even after repeated requests. The standards are not high enough!!!! We should have access to safe food storage and cookware in the United States of America.

  179. Brian E Says:

    I think this article was overly-dismissive of Homer Laughlin’s Fiestaware. Of all the company responses, I think their’s was the most forth-coming. They stated that the TESTED (not assumed or calculated) total lead content of their Fiestaware is less than 0.02ppm. That is 2/100ths parts per million; ten times less than the FDA threshold and five times less than Corelle. As a comparison, the EPA allows 0.015ppm in drinking water (that’s lead that you are ingesting directly, not just present under a layer of glaze). If you’re smart about using your dinnerware (don’t use it if the finish is cracked or chipped) you’re more at risk from your drinking water than you are from Fiestaware. That would be my pick.

  180. Amy DP Says:

    Hello – I have just come across this blog and was also quite shocked how quickly Homer Laughlin’s Fiesta was dismissed – they more than anyone promote the fact that they product their products lead free and proudly made in the USA. I am in the tableware business and they are the only manufacturer I know of that actually incoporates “Lead Free” as a part of their back stamp on every piece. Granted the Fiestaware made in the 1930′s-1950′s is a different store. But the stuff made since 1986 is FINE!!! Please read their FAQ about lead content on their wbsite – in my opinion they are the best US made dinnerware…great for everyday use. I have it and have never broken or chipped a piece. It’s oven safe, microwave safe, etc…I even use it on the stove top. Have fun mixing colors…they even make it in square now…nice modern touch. Check out the new color Flamingo…it’s great paired with Turqoise, Lemongrass or Peacock. See this link about their Lead Free policy:

  181. William Says:

    Hi there,
    Can anyone tell me if dinnerware of Wegdwood is leadfree? We’ve got the plain fine bone china from Jasper Conran.
    We also like to buy the Ballon glasses of Luminarc.
    Safe to use for drinking water?


  182. Brenstar Says:

    Hi, Is there not a better list somewhere for lead-free Vintage China..or is there not such a thing as lead free Vintage China. I have just purchased a few pieces of Spode-Copeland-Gainsbourough china, do they contain lead.
    I was planning on opening a business based on Vintage China and silverware..
    Need help.. Best Regards, Bren

  183. Sara Says:

    If you shop at Sur La Table online, you will see they do not sell dinnerware that contains lead or cadmium. They seem to be your safest bet.

  184. C.O. Says:

    After all the research, if you have a sensitivity to metals, or any health condition, why not forego the stone or earthenware and go with glass since all or nearly all clay contains a small amt. of lead, even if the glazes do not. I am sensitive to metals,plastics and other contaminants,which cause a high pitch ringing sound, headache,fatigue, dizziness, etc. so this is a concern to me. A solution -go with glass tableware and cookware free of lead, cadmium, etc, and avoid crystal, tableware,and cookware that contain lead, cadmium, aluminum – drink filtered or distilled water,to avoid chlorine and other contaminants, avoid plastics, even BPA free, cosmetics, purses and jewelry, that contain lead,cadmium, aluminum, pesticides in foods, and other contaminants, as much as possible, and some supplements that can or do affect your health. Drink tea or organic coffee. Pesticides contain metals. How much of these elements are safe for you? Research and choose wisely. I appreciate the research on this website. Wouldn’t it be nice if all manufacturers were 100% honest, tested all their products and would not use harmful substances in their products? The latter may not always be possible, but in any case risks should be minimized as much as possible and any product exceeding safe limits should never be put out on the market – instead of merely pulled off after someone dies from poisoning. A reputable manufacturer will know what they are selling you what they’re products contain, will not exceed unsafe limits, and be up front and honest about giving you correctup-to-date info and testing results somewhere in the packaging at the time of purchase. It should be required, so the consumer does not have to do extensive research on everything we buy.

  185. C.O. Says:

    I like stainless cookware, w/ copper core. One more thing, KitchenCraft sells an all stainless steel crockpot both the inside and the base, it is more versatile, it cooks, cleans, stores and transports much more easily. It’s a pricey investment but they do have a good warranty, and if lead is a concern and you use your crockpot regularly, it’s a worthy investment. How many ceramic liners do you go through in a lifetime that need replaced? I like products that hold up well and last a long time, vs. replace, replace, and replace. I also like using a pressure cooker, since you can cook meals that usually take hours or half a day in 30 minutes or less, with little clean up. If you’re a working person, you might really like using it, esp. for the time and ease of use factors. There is a good recipe book for pressure cookers, you might check it out. Hope this is helpful.

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  187. T2 Says:

    Why not just get a personal heavy metals test for the metals you’re concerned about? If the test shows no significant levels, stick with your current dinnerware.

    You should probably get tested anyway, because even if you switch to clean dinnerware free of metals that won’t leach, any metals already in you aren’t going to suddenly disappear.

  188. Jenny Says:

    Here is a clay slow cooker that clams to be lead free. Looks like a good option!

  189. G.G. Says:

    I’m still looking for an all white set of lead-free, sturdy dinnerware, even after reading this blog. Before reading the blog I was all set on getting plain white Corelle dinnerware, mainly because I’m tired of having chipped pieces but then started reading this blog and now I think I’m more confused than ever. Am I safe with all white Phatzgraff or not? How about all white Fiesta-ware? All white Corningware baking dishes have been popular for decades. Are they still safe? I wouldn’t mind glass but I’ve had glass mugs and it just doesn’t keep the heat in so the liquid cools off too quickly. I’m assuming the same would happen with glass dinnerware. I wouldn’t mind getting Ikea but their styles are a little too plain and modern for me. I really appreciate all the input and the research that haas gone into trying to make us all a little safer and healthier. Thank you!