[Sca-cooks] OOP but WANT!!!!!

Dragon dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Fri Sep 5 11:01:21 PDT 2008

otsisto did speak thusly:
>The question is where did he get the pot. Is it "Macedonian" because of the
>shape/style or that is where he purchased it?
>If made in the States, there is a greater chance that the glossy glazes is
>lead free as there are lead free glazes. From what I can tell the interior
>is glazed with a matte or satin glaze. It may also be underglaze with a
>clear glaze over it, which to my understand most clear glazes are lead free.
>-----Original Message-----
> >http://users.stlcc.edu/mfuller/pennsic2006cooking.html
> >http://users.stlcc.edu/mfuller/pennsic2007cooking.html
><<<<On the 2006 series... the cookpot from Macedonia is very suspiciously
>glazed. That super shiny sort of glaze on earthenware says "potential lead
>poisoning" all over it to me. I'd be wary of using it for food, especially
>anything with any significant acid content. As far as I know, the only
>glazes that produce that sort of sheen are lead glazes. Yes, I did see that
>the pot was unglazed inside, but the pottery is porous and water will soak
>through the clay to the glaze.>>>>
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Go back and read the descriptions on the page, everything I stated 
was taken from it.

The pot was stated to have been acquired in Macedonia. It was also 
stated on that page that the interior was NOT glazed.

The exterior has a sheen that is characteristic of lead based glaze. 
Yes, I am well aware there are lead free glazes out there but none I 
have seen even come close to the sheen you can achieve with the lead 
oxide type. This pot appears to be a low-fire earthenware, a type of 
pottery where such a glaze would be appropriate and would have been 
used extensively prior to the discovery of lead's toxic effects. 
There are many places in the world where such glazes are still used 
on cookware, this is especially so in third world nations.

Now the fact that the pot was acquired in Macedonia is a potential 
red flag depending upon whether it came from Greek Macedonia or the 
former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. This is significant because 
the former is a part of the European Union while the latter is not. 
The EU has strict guidelines on the use of substances such as lead. I 
am uncertain of how the Republic of Macedonia regulates such things 
but I would not be surprised in the least if they don't regulate it 
at all. The old communist regimes and their current splinters are not 
exactly known for their environmental or health concerns.

But really, all I am saying here is that there is reasonable ground 
for suspicion that this pot may have been glazed with a potentially 
hazardous substance. As such, I don't think it should be used for 
food production.


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