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Can I Serve Food on Unglazed Terra Cotta Flowerpot Saucers?

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Since it would not be safe to eat off of the glazed saucers, what about the plain terracotta saucers for pots?

By Joanne from Las Vegas, NV

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By OliveOyl 602 08/17/2010 Flag

I wouldn't do it. Glazed or unglazed, they may contain dangerous amounts of lead. If you are determined to dine from these things, use them as decorative chargers and place a safe plate on top of them.

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08/17/2010 Flag

This link is to a government document that discusses lead and the safety of children.
http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/lead/reports/leadbroc.pdf

On page 8, #17 is says:

17. Imported brightly colored mugs, dishes and terra cotta pots often contain lead. This lead can leach into your food during cooking, serving or storage.

Solution: Test dishes with inexpensive home lead test kits available at local hardware stores. If a test is positive for lead, discontinue use.

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08/18/2010 Flag

To be careful and safe do a test even if they are not glazed even though it's highly unlikely unglazed contains lead. One more thing to know is that glazed terracotta manufactured for cooking/serving use, including utensils such as spoons, should be tested if made in Mexico or Asia because of the use of lead in their terracotta products.

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/CLPPB/Pages/TalkPts-ltw.aspx

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/lead/cd4721.shtml

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