Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lead in Crockpots and Plates

Ive heard little bits around the internet about crockpots having lead. This has always concerned me since I use my crockpot often. Well we are thinking of buying a second one for when we have big crowds so I finally buckled down and researched it.

You probably know that NO level of lead is safe. The FDA has a maximum level of lead allowable in the glaze in the crockpot (which is higher than zero - thanks again FDA). The danger of the leaching comes when the crockpot is heated up - and then the lead goes right into your food. things like this are SUCH no-brainers and yet so many experts just wonder why our country and our children are so increasingly sick :(

you can check out THIS article form a reporter who found very dangerous levels of lead leaching from a womans crockpot

From what I could dig up

For sure have lead: Rival and Crockpot brands

Supposedly dont: Westbend, GE and Hamilton Beach

I have a Rival :( I personally think this is a serious enough issue to warrant getting rid of it and getting something that I know is safe. I have some emails in to the other companies to verify that they do NOT use lead in their glaze. Will update!

I also found this really neat report from testing plates. Unbelievably, many are HIGH in lead (outrageous!!!!!). Click HERE for that report. Thankfully the Corelle the kids use is safe.

2 comments:

Leslie said...

Rachel,

I just bought a new slow cooker recipe book today, and I was thinking about getting a new slow cooker just today. Please update this when you get a confirmation on who doesn't have lead.

Les

Anonymous said...

How do the crock pot liner bags help?? Do they at all? We use those for ease of clean up and I'm wondering if they would also help provide a barrier for the lead??