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Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: jimmy d
Date: August 20, 2007 09:56PM
I just purchased some glassware from Bodum, a Danish company. When I received it, I was surprised to see that the label read "Made in China." I had supposed that it was made in Denmark.

Since China has lately been the source of so many poisonous and otherwise dangerous products sent to our shores, I'm very concerned about the safety of my new glassware.

I've put it through the dishwasher, but is there still some way that that the ever clever Chinese exporters could still poison me by having surreptitiously combined dangerous compounds with the "boro-silicate glass" that will leech into my beverages and eventually kill me?

(Yeah, I did post this elsewhere, but please forgive me: I wanted to compare a lot of answers to this, as my very survival may be at stake.)
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 20, 2007 10:10PM
It might (or might not) interest you to know that one way used to permanently seal "toxic waste" away is to encapsulate it in glass.

I would say that unless the surface is coated, you're good.

And by the way, relax... you're too paranoid.



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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: blooz
Date: August 20, 2007 10:11PM
I wouldn't normally say this, but after the last few news reports, I'd find a lab who could test that stuff for you.
I'm not sure that glass is a danger. My guess is you are okay, but i'm not an expert.

Edit: Paul got in before me. He has the right idea.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/20/2007 10:13PM by blooz.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: August 20, 2007 10:34PM
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jimmy d
I wanted to compare a lot of answers to this, as my very survival may be at stake.)

Drama queen!



Le poète doit vivre beaucoup, vivre dans tous les sens. - Verlaine
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: jimmy d
Date: August 20, 2007 10:59PM
>Le poète doit vivre beaucoup, vivre dans tous les sens.

My sentiments exactly, Marc Anthony.

Meanwhile, pass the Freedom Fries!

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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 20, 2007 11:06PM
You might want to stay away from Corning,NY, Waterford, Ireland , Tyrol, Austria and Zurich, Switzerland., too.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: jimmy d
Date: August 20, 2007 11:06PM
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Paul F.
It might (or might not) interest you to know that one way used to permanently seal "toxic waste" away is to encapsulate it in glass.

Yes, Paul F., that interested me very much. I'm greatly relieved. Truly. Thank you.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: jimmy d
Date: August 20, 2007 11:13PM
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billb
You might want to stay away from Corning,NY, Waterford, Ireland , Tyrol, Austria and Zurich, Switzerland., too.

I know that these are glass manufacturing centers, but why should I stay away from them? None of them has been exporting poisonous products to the USA that I know of, at least recently.

Please explain, if you can, why I "might want to stay away" from these places as you suggest.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/20/2007 11:17PM by jimmy d.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 20, 2007 11:16PM
it was as joke. Fine crystal is actually 24% lead. It is called leaded crystal.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: jimmy d
Date: August 20, 2007 11:20PM
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Racer X
it was as joke. Fine crystal is actually 24% lead. It is called leaded crystal.

In a word: DUH!
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 20, 2007 11:40PM
dont eat spinach from california either -- cause it kills

the "lead scare" is the same thing -- you would have to ingest pounds of lead over years of exposure to see effects, and only if your home was built before 1978 -- and your kids would practiaclly have to be either chewing on the windowsill or eating chipped paint



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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 21, 2007 12:11AM
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jimmy d
Could it be toxic?

Isn't that the name of an old Barry Manilow song?



It is what it is.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: outcast
Date: August 21, 2007 12:31AM
I think you are all being way to casual about a potentially dangerous situation here.

I would bet you money that if jimmy d eats those glasses he's going to get real sick.

Mark my words on this.


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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: August 21, 2007 05:04AM
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Paul F.
It might (or might not) interest you to know that one way used to permanently seal "toxic waste" away is to encapsulate it in glass.

I would say that unless the surface is coated, you're good.

Or the glass itself is glowing in the dark with nuke*U*lar raid*E*ay*shun. Sure it will save on 'lectricity but I wouldn't want to drink out of 'em.



- Jack D.




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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: August 21, 2007 05:54AM
> the "lead scare" is the same thing -- you would have to ingest pounds of lead over years of exposure to see effects

"Chronic lead poisoning" does (usually) take repeated exposures at the moderate levels that most people are exposed at, but inhalation of lead-dust from paint just over the course of a few days can send a child's lead levels soaring beyond the "safe" margin and long-term exposure will cause developmental damage on top of the common symptoms (anemia, headaches, numbness in extremities, nausea, vomiting, mood swings, disorientation, constipation, high blood pressure, organ damage, etc.).

Adults are generally much less sensitive to the stuff, but that's no reason to poo poo the risk. You might also want to look up "acute lead poisoning" before you munch on a bucket of paint chips.
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Re: Bodum glassware from China. Could it be toxic?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 21, 2007 08:42AM
I'd only be worried about any painted decorations on the glass.
Or decorative treatments.



One of the symptoms of lead poisoning is supposed to be paranoia, so maybe your concern is justified. :-)
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