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October 01, 2004
BehindTheMedspeak: Is it time to get the lead out... of your wine glasses?
The debate continues over real or perceived dangers of lead in crystal glassware.
California law now mandates retailers post a warning wherever lead crystal is sold, noting that it contains an ingredient that may cause cancer or birth defects.
The Canadian government now recommends soaking lead crystal glasses in vinegar to remove some of the surface lead.
They also advise against washing lead crystal in the dishwasher as detergents can increase the release of lead.
Lead oxide has long been used to make crystal glassware brilliant, clear, and strong.
Now, modern technology and pure crystalline quartz enable the production of hand-blown wine glasses without lead.
No special handling or preparation required before first use.
Perfectly fine in the dishwasher, too.
A bit anxious now, are we?
Not to worry: it's the bullet you don't hear that's gonna take you out.
October 1, 2004 at 09:01 AM | Permalink
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