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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ceramic Dishes

I recently read in a cat book that ceramic cat dishes can contain lead. I have a lot of cat dishes and this has me worried. Has anyone ever tested their dishes with a home lead testing kit?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 12:22 AM
 
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I use Correll dishes & bowls for my kits feeding dishes. I also use metal bowls for their water.

Lead in ceramic? Gee, makes you wonder. I got a set of ceramic dishes from China for XMas. Wonder if I should be concerned? I mean, they were awfully cheap!

You said there were home testing thingies for lead? Where can I buy one???
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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It's the glaze that is of concern. I want to make sure they are safe since some of them are not made in the USA. I googled the testing kits. I plan to check the hardware/ home improvement stores to see if they have any. I would think they would be with other home safety items like smoke detectors but I will see and repost if I find any.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 12:43 AM
 
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If it is clearly made to be eaten out of, the glaze should be lead-free.

.. of course, people are renound for being idiots.
If it is made outside of the US and you are concerned, go ahead and test it.

One should never eat or drink anything out of a ceramic piece that isn't clearly marked to be used for food. Many glazes can make a piece absolutely gorgeous but contain trace amounts of lead that are not harmful in your possession, but can be harmful if taken into the body. Lead-free glazes are marked as food safe. Any potter with half a brain wouldn't use a lead glaze on dinnerware.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 12:54 AM
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I wonder if the potters in China have any concern beyond their own survival? Do they eat out of the bowls produced in their place of work?
Of course, they dare not protest if lead based glazes are used.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 01:23 AM
 
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I suppose the best thing would be to use inexpensive clear glass or metal dishes.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 03:52 AM
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I suppose the best thing would be to use inexpensive clear glass or metal dishes.
And put the economic squeeze on China by avoiding the 'Made In China' label wherever possible.
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