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Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning

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Chili Con Carne in a red ceramic pot.

The illness of a Canadian woman has been linked to the use of Mexican ceramics. The issue of lead poisoning has been linked to extended use of these ceramics.

Key takeaways:

  •       Researchers found high concentrations of lead in glazes used on Mexican ceramics and cookware.
  • The Mexican ceramics were found to have lead content of up to 17 percent. With extended use of these ceramics, lead poisoning becomes a real concern.
  • Lead poisoning is associated with symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pains, joint pain, and anemia.

Tests revealed that the glaze on both the inner and outer surfaces of the cookware — which she used to cook, boil water and eat and drink from — contained 17 percent lead.

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