Oh, no. It’s time to take a look at all those dishes you got for your wedding. They just might be poisoning you, without you even being aware.
I got a cute set of white Corelle dinnerware for my wedding. It had an adorable little purple lily pattern around the edges, and I loved it!
BUT, I was married in 2000. Up until the mid-2000s, Corelle used lead in the decorations and glaze of their products. Shoot. That means my cute little wedding set is not fit for use at family dinner.
Tamara Rubin is the mother who discovered this dirty little lead filled secret. Her children were PREVIOUSLY the victims of lead poisoning, so she has made it her life goal to call out all the products that contain lead.
She previously told us about vintage Tupperware — and now those cute vintage sets I got from my mom are being used as decorative containers for gardening.
Tamara has also now found lead in Corelle products, and I don’t know whether to cry or give her a “thank you” hug.
According to her website, Lead Safe Mama, Tamara is an independent consumer advocate, who uses “XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants, including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic.”
That is how she originally found out about Tupperware, and that is also how she just discovered the lead content of vintage Corelle.
A reader of her blog alerted Tamara about the Corelle lead problem. This reader sent an email to the Corelle company, concerned about the lead content in the dishes she has been using.
I have a collection of various Corelle dishes. I love them as they are so durable and light. I recently learned that the paint/glaze on many patterns tests positive for Lead. I’m really concerned about this as my child and I both use these and we have both had elevated Lead levels in the past. With the constant use and fact that these are eaten off of, I don’t think any Lead is safe or worth the risk. I can’t afford to buy new Corelle plain white dishes and not sure what to do with the ones I have. Please let me know what my options are. I would also like to know when Corelle plans to stop using Lead in the products.Lead Free Mama
She received a reply from the Corelle company, that didn’t really solve her problem. It admitted the fact that they formerly used lead in their products, and told her to use her dinner pieces as “decoration.”
Thank you for contacting contacting Corelle Brands.Prior to the 1990s, virtually all glass and ceramic ware made anywhere in the world contained Lead as a primary ingredient in the decorating fluxes and glazes. All our products have been Lead free since the mid-2000’s. Lead content has never been regulated until recently. We recommend using the items you have as decorative pieces. We hope this information is helpful.Lead Free Mama
So the bottom line is, if you own any Corelle from prior to about 2005, quit using it. It was made with lead in the glaze and pretty little decorations, and you sure don’t want to risk elevated lead levels in your blood system.