Is it safe to eat or place food on a glazed flowerpot's glazed saucer?
By Joanne from Las Vegas, NV
If the item is not intended for food use I wouldn't use it unless you can test the glaze to make sure it doesn't contain lead. The glazes used for ceramics that are not intended for use for food may contain lead. If you are just using it for decoration, you could place another plate, or bowl, or something between the food and the glazed ceramic saucer. I would not cook/bake in it or put wet food directly in contact with it, especially acidic foods like a salsa, etc., as the acid can etch the glaze and make it more likely that lead could leach into the food.
If you can find a lead test kit for ceramics and it tests negative, that would be the best assurance that it's OK to use.
Many ceramics are imported from foreign countries where the regulations about lead and such things are not too stringent.
Hope this helps.
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