How much lead can a person take?
February 14, 2008 3:52 AM Subscribe
What's the chance that there's lead in my newly purchased Chinese-manufactured mugs? And, should I be worried?
posted by brandnew to health & fitness (16 answers total)
So, the other day I purchased some nice and inexpensive mugs from Target. But, now I'm slightly concerned about the level of lead in these mugs. I know from my recreational pottery classes that lead is often used in glazes to help with controlling the melting. And, with all of the recent news about lead in Chinese-manufactured toys, I'm now wondering about the lead content in these mugs.
First, what's the chance that these mugs actually have lead in the glaze. And, if there is lead, how much would I be ingesting along with my hot beverage? And, finally, how harmful is lead relative to other dangers that the average US consumer exposes themselves to daily?