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Getting Lead Out of Mexican Pots and Kids

Ben Barber - HuffPost
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October 21, 2013



Lead-glaze pottery in Mexico - A national problem (Blacksmith Institute)

We've known for nearly 100 years that Mexican pottery is often finished with lead glaze, which poses a threat to those who produce the pots as well as those who eat from them.

But it was only in 1991, when the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico was found to have high lead in her blood, that the outcry began to grow in both the United States and Mexico to end the use of lead glaze on pottery.

Already, it is illegal to import into the United States pottery that is not certified as lead free by an inscription on the pot saying "sin plomo" meaning without lead. But in Mexico, with its 120 million people - millions of them children whose growing nervous systems are the prime victims of lead - the threat of neurological damage remains high.

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