Can I Serve Food on Unglazed Terra Cotta Flowerpot Saucers?

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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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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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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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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