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Darth_Mauve
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About 18 months ago my son and I bought my wife a set of dishes for her birthday. They were a cool looking set of four from a prominent retailer.

OK, from the prominent retailer.

They were made in China.

My mother-in-law gets on crazy conspiracy moods and told my wife that she should test for lead on anything she has that was made in china.

Saturday we finally got around to testing a plate.

We took a standard Lead Test Kit that you can buy from any hardware store. We tested the bottom of one of the plates.

It came back positive.

We tested it again, and got the same answer--there was lead in the plate.

We didn't cut into the glaze, so the lead detected on the back was something we dealt with every day.

By Saturday evening my wife returned the plates (even that old) to the retailer. When they saw the lead results they did not question taking them back.

The brand name was "Home Place".

I brought this here for two reasons. 1) Any reason why we should not be worried about lead in our plates? 2) If not, maybe others here may want to check their own.

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TomDavidson
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A few years ago, I actually resolved to not buy any dishware plated or glazed in China.
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rivka
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Yeah, it's a good thing to avoid.
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Thanks for the info. Wouldn't have occurred to me.
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Goody Scrivener
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One would think that we shouldn't have to be worried about lead in our plates. I used to think that all of these products being imported had to meet certain criteria to be brought in, including levels of various chemicals and elements being below specified limits. Except the last few years and the many recalls of products (most especially from China) have definitely taught me that there's no trusting anything from there.
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I don't eat off of anything made in china, and for good reason.

I also absolutely refused to install chinese drywall, opting instead to stock local supply, because I'd heard the stuff rots fast. The truth was garishly worse.

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