What Are Lead-Free Dishes?


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Lead-free dishes are dishes made without lead containing compounds being deliberately added to the manufacturing process. The dishes may contain trace amounts of lead if it's present in raw materials used for manufacturing.

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Increased consumer awareness of the hazards of lead has prompted many manufacturers of dinnerware to produce lead-free dishes without being required to do so. Lead has long been a key ingredient in paint and glaze used on dishes because it creates a durable, long-lasting finish. Though lead is toxic and ingestion can lead to long-term problems, the Food and Drug Administration contends that the amount of lead that leaches out of dishes into food is not dangerous, and it doesn't regulate the use of lead in the dish-manufacturing process.

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