Lead Makes a Comeback

You may not have noticed lately, but lead has been making its way back into daily use items like tableware and glassware.  In many cases it’s not labeled, so you would not even know about it.

How did this happen?  A backdoor loophole.

Seems that since most imported items like dinnerware (plates, glasses, etc) come from countries with little or no regulations on health risk items (from countries like China or Slovenia), U.S. companies are selling these items with no warning, unless the company is based in a state like California, which requires it to be labeled for people to see.

The legal limit for surface coatings is 0.009 (90 parts per million).  Some items on store shelves have been determined to have 30.2% lead.

How did I find out about this?  This past weekend, I was checking a bridal registry for gifts and noticed a warning on the product details:

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This warning in particular:

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What’s the bad news? There are almost no items made in the U.S. anymore because manufacturing has been off-shored.  And, if states do not have laws on the books like California for something like this, consumers won’t even be warned about it.

Thanks Republicans and Democrats.  Big Business appreciates it.