Lead contamination in pottery: “Pretty Patterns That Camouflage a Poison”

From the New York Times comes a story on potential lead poisoning risk from using painted pottery made in China.  Dr. Gerald O’Malley, from the department of  emergency medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and his team collected pottery from Philladelphia’s Chinatown and found that more than 25% had high enough levels of lead to cause health problems if used for cooking and eating.  In further testing, they found one piece that leached lead at more than 145 parts per million (the FDA’s limit is 2 parts per million).

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