In a recent study, a Missouri chemist found half of all old dishes bought at flea markets and antique stores contain more lead than the government considers safe. And good taste is no protection – among the worst offenders – fine old china made by France’s Haviland Limoges and Britain’s Roslyn China.
The problem is the lead in the paints and glazes used to decorate vintage china can leach out into food. While too much lead certainly isn’t good for anyone, it’s a particular risk for children. So if you insist on having your antique plates and eating off them too, limit their use to adults, and then only for special occasions.
With Healthful Hints, I’m Dr. Nancy Snyderman