||mug safety /lead tests
Joined: May 11, 2003
From: glendale, ca
|Posted: 2003-08-29 1:05 pm  Permalink|
A good old thread with some great info. I was wondering if anyione had done any mug tests and what their results were. It might be helpful to post the info for specific types of mugs.(Paul Marshal monkey mug, etc.)
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Corona, Ca
|Posted: 2003-08-29 2:05 pm  Permalink|
I drank a Planters Punch from one of Chiki Tiki Diablo's mugs last weekend -- and I got totally wasted.... damn that lead.
Bartender, make mine a glass of WATAHHH!!!!!
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Jun 24, 2002
|Posted: 2003-08-30 12:56 am  Permalink|
Dem mugs is lead free inside. Pop, you just a light-weight. Don't hate...
[ This Message was edited by: thechikitiki on 2003-08-30 00:58 ]
Joined: Sep 26, 2002
|Posted: 2003-09-01 06:42 am  Permalink|
King has some good info there on lead. The only thing I would add is that it is incredibly difficult to formulate a durable glaze wihtout lead compared to one with it. Consequently, major glaze manufacturers still use it. They pay $$thousands$$ every month for testing, testing, and more testing to make sure they don't get busted by the FDA or EPA. Lead is in very small amounts in just about any commercial plate, bowl, mug you own.
My philosophy is to not worry about it too much. These guidlines have been around for a short time and my great-grandmother just died last year at the age of 104, not due to lead exposure. And we know she owned some leaded plates in her time...
BTW.. if a small producer tells you that there's no lead, see if they make their own glaze. If so, then they are telling the truth because we can't afford expensive testing (or litigation !!), so we just don't keep lead in the studio. Simple.
[ This Message was edited by: Saint-Thomas on 2003-09-01 06:43 ]
Joined: Nov 12, 2002
From: Huntikington Beach
|Posted: 2003-09-01 07:26 am  Permalink|
Nowdays, I'd be more worried about the smog that comes from the truck that delivers the mug and the rum and the fruit and the.....you know, that brown shit in the air we breathe everyday and night. That's whats killing us off!
Joined: Aug 08, 2005
From: El Segundo, CA
|Posted: 2005-08-10 6:10 pm  Permalink|
I, too, have been wondering about these vintage mugs and whether I should be imbibing from them. I used to work for Williams-Sonoma in the product information dept where we did lead testing on all products before they would be carried by WS. I recommend getting the "swabs" someone else posted about and just checking the lead levels before drinking out of any of your vintage tikis. Especially because acidic foods (like citrus juices) can increase the amount of lead leached from the glaze. Also be wary of those mugs which have crazing on the interior surface.
However, it should be noted that those primarily at risk from increased lead levels are children (who shouldn't be drinking those rum cocktails anyway), the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In addition, women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant are at a much higher risk because of passage of the lead levels onto the fetus.
For most healthy adults who have the occasional mai tai out of their favorite tiki, even a heightened lead level will probably never lead to illness.
Back at WS, the biggest culprits were:
1) Earthenware from Mexico
2) Green glazes with a "metallic" sheen
3) Mustard-colored glazes