By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay Information) — Enjoyable, ornamental ingesting glasses might include doubtlessly dangerous ranges of lead and cadmium, a brand new British examine says.
College of Plymouth researchers analyzed 72 new and second-hand adorned ingesting glasses, together with tumblers, beer and wine glasses, and jars.
Round 7 out of 10 examined optimistic for lead or cadmium, each poisonous metals. Lead was present in all colours and gold-leaf designs, whereas the best concentrations of cadmium had been in crimson enamel, the analysis group reported.
“The presence of hazardous parts in each the paint and glaze of adorned glassware has apparent implications for each human well being and the setting. So it was an actual shock to seek out such excessive ranges of lead and cadmium, each on the surface of the glassware and across the rim,” stated examine chief Andrew Turner.
“I might think about the U.S. would have an analogous downside, particularly when many merchandise are imported from Asia,” Turner added.
Cadmium could cause most cancers, and research have additionally linked it to bone softening and extreme kidney issues. Lead in youngsters’s our bodies can result in development and developmental issues.
Some exams carried out by the researchers revealed lead ranges 1,000 instances greater than the suitable restrict, Turner’s group stated.
The examine additionally discovered that flakes of paint got here off the glass beneath sustained simulated use. This implies the chemical compounds may very well be ingested over a protracted time period.
“There are real well being dangers posed by means of ingesting such ranges of the substances over a chronic interval, so that is clearly a problem that the worldwide glassware trade must take motion on as a matter of urgency,” Turner added in a college information launch.
Final yr, McDonald’s recalled 12 million Shrek-themed glasses as a result of the painted designs contained cadmium, the researchers stated.
On condition that safer alternate options can be found to the trade, Turner stated the continued use of harmful pigments is each shocking and regarding.
“Why are dangerous or restricted parts nonetheless being employed so generally to embellish modern glassware manufactured in China, the European Union and elsewhere?” he stated.
“Shoppers needs to be made conscious of this, whereas retailers and the glass trade have the accountability to eradicate poisonous metals from adorned merchandise,” he added.
The examine was printed on-line Nov. 5 within the journal Science of the Whole Atmosphere.