Lead Poisoning and Crock Pots

October 4, 2008 · Print This Article

Crock pots containing lead was the subject of an investigation that started in Salt Lake City with KUTV’s Bill Gephardt. After his investigation about lead in ceramic glazed plates, bowls and mugs and finding high a content of lead in them, his focus turned to ceramic glazed crock pots after a viewer did a little research on her own.

A mom from Weber County, was a frequent user of her crock pot. Her concern about lead poisoning prompted her to take her Rival slow cooker to the county fair, where a booth was doing free lead testing on dishes. What she discovered was her crock pot contain lead. She notified Gephardt about her findings and he took the investigation from there.

Gephardt took several slow cookers to Data Chem lab in Salt Lake City to be tested. He found that 20 percent of the cookers were leaching out measurable amounts of lead into food. When ceramic ware is heated to just 80-degrees, it releases nearly 10-times the amount of lead as a plate at room temperature. (Something to keep in mind when you heat food in the micro-wave on ceramic dishes.) Crock pots can heat up to more than 250-degrees.

Wanting additional findings, Gephardt took a crock pot to chemist Robert Aullman, who preformed the standard test established by the Food and Drug Administration for testing leaching lead. He found that the Rival slow cooker leached lead at .085 parts per million. Anything below 2.0 is considered acceptable by the FDA. (It’s important to note that lead does not leave the body easily. A build up of lead over a period of time is dangerous.)

Mr. Gephardt took his findings to Utah House Rep. Jim Matheson. Congress was looking into a proposed amendment that would force manufactures to put labels on ceramic ware to identify lead content. However, Gephardt’s investigation was reported in 2004 and, so far, no law or amendment has been put into place.

My research in to whether Rival had removed the lead from their crock pots produced conflicting information. I called Rival’s Consumer Services department (1-800-777-5452) and they confirmed that their slow cookers still contain lead. They stated that the level is below the FDA standard for lead in ceramic products.

Upon further investigation, I called Hamilton Beach (1-800-851-8900) and they assured me that their crock pots do not contain any lead or cadmium. (Cadmium is another highly toxic metal associated with zinc ores. Oil paint used by artist’s contain a lot of Cadmium and Zinc…. Cadmium Red…Cadmium Yellow… Zinc White. It’s also found in industries where ore is being processed or smelted. Ceramic can be colored with Cadmium colors.)

It’s been suggested that you can use plastic liners in your crock pot so lead doesn’t leach into your food. I personally don’t recommend doing that because plastics heated to high temperatures leach other kinds of toxins. However, Reynolds claim their liners are made from a high resin nylon which is suitable for high temperature cooking. You’ll have to be the judge on this one.

I don’t use my crock pot often, but when I do, I want to know that the food is completely safe for my family. “So long… Good-bye… Rival crock pot.”

I find it disconcerting that the FDA allows any amount of lead in products if it’s possible to manufacture them with out it. A little of this… and and little of that… here and there can amount to a lot of toxins being ingested by Americans.

I’m not convinced that the FDA always has our best interests in mind. Just look at how many drugs and products are taken off the market that have been found to be harmful… even deadly… after the FDA has put its stamp of approval on them.

Becoming aware, and taking responsibility for our own well-being is the best solution for combating toxic and lead poisoning.

Till Later
Insightful Nana

P.S. The Hamilton Beach 6 Qt. slow cooker runs about $49.99 compared to Rival’s 6 Qt. at $34.99. It looks like Hamilton Beach is a bit more expensive… but what’s $15.00 when you can have a lead free product and peace of mind.

P.S.S. If you find another crock pot that doesn’t contain lead… let me know.


55 Responses to “Lead Poisoning and Crock Pots”

  1. Bill GephardtNo Gravatar on October 5th, 2008 4:32 pm

    I am the reporter who investigated the lead in crockpots. Yes, it is astonishing that no law has been initiated to prohibit lead in crock pots.
    But roughly a year before I tested crock pots, I tested lead in everyday ceramic dishware.

    The complaint came from a woman who exclusively breast fed her infant. The infant had intestional problems. The doctor thought it was routine digestive development problems, until one day, as the problem went on, he did a blood test for many things, including lead. BANG: the infant was lead poisoned from only breast feeding. When the Weber County (Utah) health department investigated, they found -no lead- in the brand new home—-except in the breand new ceramic plates purchased at Wal Mart. She had been eating off of them, and passing the lead from the plate (the leachings of which meet government standards) through her breast milk to her infant.

    After public reaction to the stories (which are still posted at KUTV.com) we tested hundreds of people’s plates by popular demand. Of the thousands we tested (new/old/antique/handmade), we found 20 per cented tested positive for lead.

    My proposal is that if some manufacturers insist on putting lead on dinner plates, they should label them: “contains lead,” or “contains no lead.” Then we could decide.

    So far, the attitude in the government seems to be let the industry regulate itself.

    Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has proposed a new law in a committee meeting I covered in Washington. So far, the proposal seems to be being ignored.


  2. kelli HerleviNo Gravatar on October 8th, 2008 8:07 pm

    WOW, gephardt. Pretty cool.
    Do the Fiesta ware plates have any lead. I know the old ones do (did). But what about the ones that have been made in the last few years?
    BTW, I’m throwing out every plate I have that is from Walmart!

  3. ChrissyNo Gravatar on November 13th, 2008 4:00 pm

    I just found a Hamilton Beach 5 qt at Walmart for $17!!! WOW!! Do all their crock pots NOT contain lead or is it just certain ones?

  4. adminNo Gravatar on November 14th, 2008 9:12 am

    Chrissy… Good for you… getting your Hamilton Beach Crock Pot so inexpensively. When I talked to Hamilton Beach on the phone, they didn’t specify any particular model being “lead free.” I’m assuming they are all lead free. I love the liners you can put into your Crock Pot. It sure makes clean up easy.

  5. cindyNo Gravatar on November 18th, 2008 8:37 pm

    On Hamilton Beach’s website under FAQs they state their crock pots contain lead but within the FDA limits. Let’s hope the next adminstration watches out for the consumer instead of big money.

  6. adminNo Gravatar on November 19th, 2008 9:15 am

    Thanks for the information. When I personally called Hamilton Beach, I received different information. Who do you trust these days?

  7. Ann KroekerNo Gravatar on January 9th, 2009 5:13 pm

    I’m so totally depressed to read this.

    But glad, too, to know and be able to make an informed decision.


  8. munyentwali alexisNo Gravatar on January 29th, 2009 3:40 am

    i m a student in national university of rwanda and i wish to make my final project on heavy metals leached by traditional coookwares . could u plz give me some information

  9. KarenNo Gravatar on March 9th, 2009 5:43 pm

    Hey Bill,

    THANK you for this awesome investigative reporting!! I find it incomprehensible that manufactures do not have to disclose LEAD in the product! This is just WRONG.

    Hamilton Beach it will be for me! Even Cuisinart and Martha Stewart do not disclose!!

    Thanks again, when oh when will Jo Consumer become a voice for wanting clean, safe cookware? And when oh when will all of these manufacturers of products STOP CONTRACTING TO CHINA or whereever they begin the poisioning process and get back to serving the people of this country who want, need, and DEMAND clean food and products to serve it to their family?

    This is just ridiculous! And to the woman using the plastic liners, beware of the leaching plastics into your own food!!

    Thanks again Bill!! Would that the world have more investigative reporters like you. Maybe Wolf Blitzer and CNN can get off the bashing of our President and start to look at the real issues in this country and see what is going on!

  10. C.DaitchNo Gravatar on April 21st, 2009 5:00 pm

    I still have yet to find a slow cooker (ie crock pot) that I actually trust to be lead free, as noted Hamilton Beach now says that any lead is within limits… have a little poison with your dinner, no thanks. What I’ve done is purchase a cast iron dutch oven (Lodge preseasoned, 7qt from amazon for anyone curious) and I’ve been using it, everything tastes great! Works wonderfully stove top for chili, in the oven for briskets etc. Granted I’d still love to find a lead free slow cooker as I don’t like heating up my whole house in the summer or leaving the stove on if I leave the house but until then consider a dutch oven for your slow cooker needs. As a side note Fiestaware dishes are USA made and lead free, I switched all of ours to them and really like them… wish they’d make a crock insert!

  11. Z RiverNo Gravatar on June 10th, 2009 9:39 am

    I have been concerned about this for years & even wonder if cast iron has lead in it. A solution is the only solution if someone really wants an electric slow cooker. Waiting for the companies to do the right thing is like hoping for a 50mpg suv to come along. I was thinking I could find a potter @ ask if they could make one for me to replace the one w/lead. Also a solar oven if you live in a sunshine place would work for all day cooking. Is there such a thing as a cast iron insert or even just thick glass would be awsome–but thats just a hopeful dream. I at least now know others have these concerns & don’t feel so alone. I did see a product from China called VitaClay Slow Cooker and think it was $99. They claim no lead as well as other toxins. I may get one,but made in USA would be nicer. As for everday dishes I pray that if it says microwave safe it can’t have lead as metal can kind of burn or flash or something. Think I will just find some glass plates. Is glass lead free?? Anyone? Thanks & Peace

  12. Amy EllenNo Gravatar on July 17th, 2009 6:39 am

    Hi! I am a little late in finding this article, but I am linking to it from my blog. It is eye-opening, for sure.

    Amy Ellen from HealthBeginsWithMom.com

  13. DebbieNo Gravatar on July 18th, 2009 7:02 pm

    Dr Weil’s crock pot is apparently lead and cadmium-free (but quite costly)

  14. JaxNo Gravatar on August 3rd, 2009 11:56 am

    What about an aluminum slow cooker? Does anyone know if those are safe? I know Hamilton Beach makes one and so does West Bend. Any info would be much appreciated.

  15. adminNo Gravatar on August 5th, 2009 1:18 pm

    I have never investigated an aluminum slow cooker. Aluminum has it’s disadvantages because it pits and corrodes. Stainless steel is still the best for cooking but I don’t know if anyone makes a stainless cooker either. I need to investigate the options.

  16. KathyNo Gravatar on November 25th, 2009 8:05 am

    I would not recommend using aluminum for cookware as the metal can leach into your food and aluminum can cause adverse health effects.

    Stainless steel can be problematic because of the nickel that is used in it. Nickel is a known carcinogen. If you do use stainless steel be sure to never use it to cook tomatoes as they will increase the amount of leaching of nickel from stainless steel.

    Glass pyrex ductch ovens are great for cooking with lots of liquid. I haven’t heard any health related concerns about them.

    You can purchase cookware at http://www.mercola.com that is safe.

  17. MeganNo Gravatar on December 8th, 2009 9:21 pm

    Just talked to Cuisinart’s customer service about my new slow cooker and he said they no longer use lead on any of their slow cookers. That’s good news, now I just need to check on my old cooker. It’s sad that we as consumers have to do so much research just to find out what is safe.

  18. M BrioNo Gravatar on January 1st, 2010 6:49 am

    Saladmaster makes a stainless crock pot (expensive). It’s a pot that sits on an electric warming plate. Because the pan is very heavy duty and distributes heat very evenly. It works well.

    Does anyone know of an enameled-lined electric roaster that would not have hot spots and could work as a slow cooker?

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  20. MargaretNo Gravatar on February 10th, 2010 2:03 pm

    I have a Rival Crock Pot that has tons of tiny hairline fractures in the enamel. I didn’t think much of it until bean juice started oozing out from the other side of the stoneware. Stumbling upon this website, I emailed both Hamilton Beach and Rival about the presence of heavy metals in their stoneware. Hamilton Beach replied promptly, and I still haven’t heard from Rival. Here is what HB had to say:

    “Lead and cadmium are naturally occurring elements in the earth. As crocks are earthenware vessels, lead and cadmium may be naturally present. HBB crocks are porcelain enamel coated to create a barrier between food and earthenware. The porcelain enamel coated crocks are evaluated using ASTM C378 extraction test procedures as measured by flame atomic absorption spectroscopy. This test method has detection limits of 0.1 μg/ml for lead and 0.01 μg/ml for cadmium. In HBB crocks, the amount of lead or cadmium present in the extractant is below the test’s limits of detection. Additionally, the factories that manufacture HBB crocks are certified ceramic production facilities whose ceramic ware is deemed to satisfy FDA heavy metal requirements in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and China.”

  21. John MoberlyNo Gravatar on March 26th, 2010 5:37 pm

    I think people need to do these things (since the FDA doesn’t):

    1) Find a place you can have water tested for lead content and other heavy metal content.
    2) Get the proper vessils (6 ea) from that test house to send samples in.
    3) Go through a full, high temp cooking cycle with your crockpot, with only the water in the pot. (or some other cooking cycle that you use a lot).
    4) Send three samples of the uncooked distilled water and three samples of the cooked distilled water to the test house for comparison.
    5) Post the results on this website and or Amazon and EBay, good or bad.

    To say that the Rival and Hamilton Beach crock pots are under the FDA limit for lead is not terribly meaningful. What usage did the FDA base it’s limit on? I am using my Hamilton Beach crockpot to cook staples. Daily Oatmeal and a lentil and rice dish that I hope to eat about three times a week. If I test water cooked in the same way, I can estimate my weekly lead intake with my planned meals. That estimate of weekly / monthly lead intake, in milligrams or micrograms or whatevergrams, will be much more meaningfull than a straight PPM number. (and again, the cooking settings matter and should be recorded.)

    The above suggested tests are not perfect because the food could effect the results up or down. If others have some suggestions on how to improve that test plan let me know. Ie., oatmeal might soak up lead in the water, raising the amount that leaches from the ceramic. Thus the oatmeal might extract more lead than my water test alone. But I don’t think it would be as easy to get accurate tests of lead content of foods, compared to water.

    There also might be some pH changes due to the food. That is easy enough to test. If so, that could be simulated in the water only tests. pH levels would effect metal leaching a great deal. Hopefully you will find the food doesn’t change the pH very much, so you don’t have to worry about this. But if not, you probably need to add to the reference water samles whatever you add to the water to be cooked. Whatever you do, record it and include it in your report.

    What else?

  22. pauline phillipsNo Gravatar on April 15th, 2010 11:43 pm

    After almost dying of lead poisoning, that was diagnoised as dibetes and rumatoid arthitis and being was bed-riddem for a year and half,and lossing my home because oft he resulting ill health. The only thing I can say is: To hell with the pots ladies. Go to a Naurorpath and get a Challenge Test find out what is already inside of you instead of the pots. A challenge Tests only $100 and and the appointment about$275. You will be shocked. A challenge test wil give a complete read out two pages of the metals you have already got and get your kids checked . I went through expensive dental removal of old fillings and it was’nt even the major problem. I’m glad thier out, but the problem was lead. I didn’t even own a crook pot. It’s everywhere. The AMA blood tests gates are set to high and will only show results if it has been ingested within 24 hrs. If you think getting the old fillings out is the end of the problem.or buying a better pot is it. Your dead wrong literally. Do oral chealaton its safer– good luck

  23. KathrynNo Gravatar on April 16th, 2010 10:38 am

    Thanks Pauline…. I’m certainly aware of the lead problem we have. It’s hard to determine just where to start in eliminating lead from our lives. A good place to start is a water filter. So many older homes are affected by lead in the plumbing. We all need to be on keen watch for all possibilities.

  24. TrudyNo Gravatar on August 14th, 2010 11:23 pm

    Hi Friends,
    I was under the impression that there were laws enacted in the USA in the 1960s-70s to eliminate lead from all glazes on dishware (or maybe it applied to imports?). I am astonished to read all your comments because it sounds like that wasn’t true and that lead is still in glazes on some dinnerware.
    I am particularly interested because of my favorite earthenware, Franciscan Hacienda, purchased in the late 60s & 70s. I did buy a lead test kit at the hardware store, and there was no indication of lead present, so I guess it’s okay to use. Thank you for all your efforts to provide accurate information for all the rest of us.

  25. AliciaNo Gravatar on September 26th, 2010 11:10 am

    I spoke with the Rival corporation and they are STILL using lead in their ceramic pots. They try to make it sound like it is ok because the glaze coating they use is 100% lead free so unless there is a crack in the pot, they feel the lead does not get into your food.

    Hamilton Beach still has lead in theirs too. I believe it’s posted on their website under FAQ’s.

    I was VERY dissapointed to find that Dr. Weil’s rice cooker/slow cooker (Model 9802) interior pot is aluminum which is coated with teflon. I thought for sure he would have a product that is environmentally friendly and health friendly. I hope the other slow cooker that he offers is actually lead and cadmium free. There is no contact phone number on his website to ask someone if it is indeed lead free and his website doesn’t mention if his products are lead-free.

    When I spoke to the Cuisinhart corporation, they were confident that their slow cookers are completely lead free. They have their slow cookers made in China as most of these companies do, and Cuisinhart inspects every slow cooker for lead (and other metals) when returning from China. I decided to order one through Bed, Bath and Beyond ($80 after coupon, they even waived shipping fees) and when I receive it, I will lead test it with a lead testing kit from the hardware store.

    The Vitaclay slow cooker/rice cooker looks interesting and the manufacturer claims that it is lead and cadmium free on their website. It uses less energy (shorter cooking time) , the food is more flavorful and they claim more nutrients remain in the food. The largest size is the 16 cup capacity. They are around $100-$150. It looks like it might be a little harder to wash though, I’m not sure.

  26. MarlaNo Gravatar on October 1st, 2010 6:03 pm


    I am about to finally purchase a slow cooker, after being unsure of which brand to trust re: lead. At our local kitchen store here in Princeton, NJ, the women recommended the Cuisinart slow cooker and I too called them, and they said that they did not use lead in their finish on the ceramic pot. I’d love to know what happened when you tested it. Please let me know!

    Thanks so much.


  27. Alicia EsraelianNo Gravatar on October 9th, 2010 6:12 pm

    Hello again friends,

    I received my new Cuisinhart crock pot, made some soup in it, then tested it for lead with the PRO-LAB lead surface kit (rated #1) and it was fine. I’m skeptical about this testing kit because I also used it to test my old Rival Crock Pot which has a crack in it (and we know Rival has lead), the testing kit also showed the Rival to be lead free. I am going to purchase a different lead testing kit which I saw at Lowe’s and see what happens. I will post again soon with the results.


  28. GuinivereNo Gravatar on October 12th, 2010 7:23 pm

    Hi Friends,
    It is refreshing to read all your comments here as I have been going crazy looking for a safe crock pot without lead. And also searching for cures to my family’s severe allergies that are only getting worse even though we eat a very healthy diet, while avoiding what we are allergic to. (This is not easy given the number of foods we cannot eat.)

    Because of my 4 year old son’s most severe allergies and eating difficulties, food made in the crock pot is my only option if I want him to eat more than a bite. I had been using a Rival crock pot made in China, (loaded with lead) almost every day until I realized the truth about lead in the glaze! I threw it out and am left with a tiny old crock pot made in the USA by Rival from about 1995. I’m hoping this one is safe. I desperately need a new one that is larger. I will wait to hear from Alicia and what you found when you tested the Cuisinhart crock. I will also consider getting us tested for heavy metals!

  29. HaloNo Gravatar on October 25th, 2010 4:51 pm

    i’ve been reading and reading and getting conflicting information on lead content. confused is only a basic description of my state at this point.

    however, i did find something that is said to be a slow cooker/rice cooker combination called VitaClay. it is a completely unglazed, clay pot.

    i like the fact that it is unglazed. i like the fact that it does both rice and slow cooked stuff. however, it cooks things faster than a traditional slow cooker. (some models have a time delay, so that you can just start it when you need to instead of turning it on before you leave the house and letting it run all day.) i stay at home with my kiddos, so the shortened cooking time would work for me.

    recently, my rival crock broke in the sink while i was washing it. i’ve been looking to replace it anyway because of the lead. i could just replace the crock, but i really want to get one without the lead!

    VitaClay does cost significantly more than either rival or hamilton beach, but for me it could serve two purposes. how much would i spend on a rice cooker (which i’ve been considering getting) and a slow cooker anyway?

    just thought i’d throw this one out there! happy cooking folks.

  30. lucyNo Gravatar on November 13th, 2010 4:58 am

    Hello everyone, I’m a student currently working on a project with the topic “heavy metal toxicity in water stored in earthenware pots”. Would love to know if experiments have been carried out to determine the concentration of the metals in water with time. Meanwhile, the information gained from this forum has been extremely eye-opening.

  31. LynnNo Gravatar on November 15th, 2010 9:01 am

    My rival crockpot is made in Mexico.
    Is their lead in it?

  32. KathrynNo Gravatar on November 17th, 2010 11:05 am

    I have found that products coming from Mexico are not the best in preventing lead. So many of the products use an inexpensive glaze that contains let. My advice is to purchase another on or make sure you use the new plastic cooking liners. You can usually find them them in the paper towel and plastic wrap area of your store.

  33. melNo Gravatar on December 2nd, 2010 6:50 pm

    i’d not use plastic liners. although they are made from polymers that can withstand the heat, the problem is that additives (used in processing) will leach out. that is why it is not safe to cover your food with serran wrap or plastic lid. yes, all those will say ‘microwave safe’ but it is just like the problem with crock pots here. By saying ‘safe’ the manufacturers mean the level of all substances that leach into our food do not exceed the amount acceptable by FDA.

  34. melNo Gravatar on December 2nd, 2010 6:54 pm

    Lead oxide is a flux, it will help reducing firing temperature. hence it helps cut down the cost. however, looking at the amount of lead reported to be in their final products, it is clear that the manufacturers did not add lead into their clays or glazes on purpose. It is the impurity in their raw materials.

  35. melNo Gravatar on December 2nd, 2010 7:04 pm

    sorry for triple message!
    for some reason, i could’t put them all on one post.

    just want to response to the poster who wanted a potter to make a pot for her. that may be more dangerous. as i said, lead can be contaminant in the raw materials (clays, fluxes, colorants, quartz, alumina, etc.) i highly doubt indie potters would do chemical analysis on their raw materials to find out if they contain lead or other metals that can leach into food. not to mention that the analysis would have to be done on every lot of raw materials.

    when we test for microwave compatibility in lab, we followed the ASTM xxx (sorry i forgot the number). and the conclusion is that when it says ‘microwave safe’ it means the temperature of the ceramics doesn’t exceed xxx degree when repeatedly run in a microwave for xxx cycles. really there was nothing on that ASTM that mentions we needed to measure the level of substances leaching from ceramics.

  36. Alicia EsraelianNo Gravatar on December 3rd, 2010 12:41 am

    Hello again friends! Soooo sorry it took so long to post this but I finally got another lead testing kit and tested the Cuisinart crock pot that I mentioned before. It tested lead free!!!! I got the kit at Lowe’s and the brand is Household Lead Check. We also tested our French White CorningWare which also tested lead free. I feel confident that this lead testing kit works because we also tested a coffee cup that was Made in China that tested positive for lead.

    When we ordered this Cuisinart crock pot from Bed Bath and Beyond, we also ordered their electric skillet which has ceramic coating and is safe, it’s GREAT!!!! We use it A LOT. I am so thrilled to be cooking with pans that are safe! We have also been thrilled about some ceramic coated nonstick pans we found that are called ECOPAN. They don’t have any of the bad stuff in them (like Teflon, PTFE or PFOA). We found them at Home Goods and they don’t have anymore right now but I’ve seen them sold separately on Amazon. They work great and are around $30-$45 per pan. They are stainless steel pans from the USA and are sent to Germany for the ceramic coating and are tested when they return to the US.

    A note to Guinivere, my heart goes out to your 4 year old. My 11 year old and I both have severe food allergies too and our food list is extremely short as well. One exciting thing we’ve recently learned from meeting with 3 different doctors and a nutritionist is that newer clinical research has shown that a lot of these “food allergies” are caused by leaky gut which can be easily remedied. After healing leaky gut, most (not all) food allergies will go away (in some cases, even gluten allergy). Feel free to contact me if Nana doesn’t mind giving you my email address. I’d love to chat with you.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking with a safe and lead free crock pot:-)!


  37. janeNo Gravatar on December 6th, 2010 9:56 pm

    I am so glad to read the comments from Alecia – and almost to the day when you posted your final test. It just dawned on me when I was going to make my steel cut oats, in my crockpot, and then in my dish – which I place inside. I thought, I bet my dishes have lead. Then I started looking into the crock pots, and there in all it’s glory is a picture of my same rival crock pot saying good bye to it (above picture). Now, I feel pretty good about buying the cuisinart crock pot, but still a little apprehensive. I was looking to see if I could find a pampered chef stoneware bowl that would fit into my crock pot to make oatmeal at night since I have been told that pampered chef is lead free. I am going to call them to be sure that it is actually LEAD FREE and not just meeting the standards. Thanks Alecia for putting cuisinart to the test – how much was the test kit?

  38. SusanNo Gravatar on December 11th, 2010 5:49 am

    The heck with crockpots. Shoot it, gut it, hang it over an open flame, char to taste.

  39. WILL HARPERNo Gravatar on December 29th, 2010 2:42 pm


  40. CamilleNo Gravatar on February 17th, 2011 9:50 pm

    I have purchased a pressure cooker for most of the things I used to cook in a crockpot. What an awesome cooker. I suggest this for a lot of things and you can find how to use it for oatmeal, etc right on the internet like everything else.

  41. SeanNo Gravatar on April 9th, 2011 7:08 pm

    hey all – just a note that the vitaclay cooker i ordered about a year ago had a teflon coated heating element. i guess it is to prevent the clay pot from sticking to the element. i don’t know whether the vitaclay is lead free – but i do know that i’m not comfortable filling my kitchen with teflon fumes from the heating element. i returned the item and was told they may have a teflon free version in the future – best to check before purchasing.

  42. CaraNo Gravatar on April 10th, 2011 3:48 pm

    OK … I may have missed it, but is Crockpot brand affected?

  43. KathrynNo Gravatar on April 13th, 2011 8:17 pm

    Yes. If you are going to use it. Make sure you do all of your cooking with a crockpot liner.

  44. SusanNo Gravatar on June 13th, 2011 8:03 pm

    Does Corningware, Fire King and Corelle dishes contain lead?

  45. Ruth WildayNo Gravatar on June 21st, 2011 12:33 pm

    When I got my last Lab (Doctor’s Data) test results my lead levels were off the chart, and my partner has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I cook with a crock pot all winter, alternating beyween 2 liners, white, the original, and a black one I picked up Goodwill.

    This is UNBELIEVABLE! Any one else have experience with the lead/ Parkinson’s connection?


  46. alohajerseygirlNo Gravatar on September 14th, 2011 10:12 am

    Has any follow-up been done since this original investigation three years ago? Have any manufacturers removed lead from their glazes?

  47. Brenda BerryNo Gravatar on October 3rd, 2011 6:01 am

    Lead poisoning turned out to be the true cause of chronic ailments that were diagnosed as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I had always been a huge crock pot fan, so I was wrecked to have to give mine up, but is wasn’t worth the risks! I turned to solar cooking which is similar to crock pot cooking, and I love it! I got my solar oven from http://www.mymealmasters.com. Elite and Technique from qvc also have glass crock pots that I now use and love. With solar cooking, you can use any cooking vessel and not have to heat up your whole kitchen.

  48. joeNo Gravatar on October 23rd, 2011 6:32 pm

    So I guess there is still no clear solution for a safe crock pot?? I just bought one today made by Hamilton Beach at Walmart . I put on some beans and now there done , do I eat them or not ? lol.

    I’m glad I kept reading more than one comment :-)

  49. Ellen CentersNo Gravatar on March 1st, 2012 12:30 pm

    Could someone tell me “For Sure” where I can buy affordable cooking ware that will NOT leach harmful chemicals into my family’s food! I’ve been diagnosed with so many “unknown” health problems like lupus for starters, but that is just the beginning…. Anywho, to make it short, I am looking into buying new dish ware, crock, pots and pans, etc. So please direct me ONLY if your sure it is reliable.

  50. Ellen CentersNo Gravatar on March 1st, 2012 12:38 pm

    I was also inquiring about testing my family and myself for metals. Is there an affordable way of doing this? Is there any thing we can take to purge ourselves of theses life-threatening poisons, that is safe for All ages? I know that chealaton can deplete our bodies of other minerals and vitamins that we need, so I was concerned about giving it to children!
    Thanks Again,

  51. CharlesNo Gravatar on July 26th, 2012 9:26 am

    Does anyone know about lead content in TRU crockpots?

  52. MonicaNo Gravatar on September 27th, 2012 11:14 am

    This is what I saw on the HB website:
    ” Lead and cadmium are naturally occurring elements in the earth. As cooking vessels are earthenware cooking vessels, lead and cadmium may be naturally present. HBB cooking vessels are porcelain enamel coated to create a barrier between food and earthenware. The porcelain enamel coated cooking vessels are evaluated using ASTM extraction test procedures with detection limits of 0.1 ug/ml for lead and 0.01ug/ml for cadmium. In HBB cooking vessels, the amount of lead or cadmium present in the extractant is below the test’s limits of detection. Additionally, the factories that manufacture HBB cooking vessels are certified ceramic production facilities whose ceramic ware is deemed to satisfy FDA heavy metal requirements in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and China. HBB takes all reasonable steps to ensure that our cook vessels provide safe and satisfactory service to our consumers.”

    I don’t know if that 0.1ug/ml is the same measurement as the Rival leaching 0.085 parts per million, but to me, this says that HB has lead too, maybe even more than Rival. I think it’s just a fancy way of stating it; after all, they do say that lead is naturally occurring. I sent an email to Rival, will see what they say.

  53. LisaNo Gravatar on October 5th, 2012 5:20 pm

    Hi – I just came across this blog post when researching the “safety of enamel crock pots.” I have a Williams-Sonoma Crock, yes the very expensive one, that I use to make chicken stock, which I slow-cook for about 36 hours. I have 2 school-aged kids, and I started to think about it’s safety. I love the bone broth soups, and I know they are really good for promoting good health. However, I am now worried about if anything might be leaching by making my stock in a slow cooker. Anyone know about Williams-Sonoma Slow Cookers. I got mine in 2009. I will write the company as well. Thank you.

  54. melodyNo Gravatar on October 21st, 2012 11:33 pm

    Its crazy how toxic most cookware is these days.
    If you want an impressive at home cookware test just boil 1 tbs baking soda and one cup of water 10 min then taste a drop. should taste like baking soda and water right? You will be shocked most taste like metals or chem’s

  55. DonnaNo Gravatar on September 2nd, 2013 4:51 pm

    Our crock pot just broke so now am trying to find a crock pot/slow cooker made in USA but no luck. We also use Pyrex glassware, libby or drinking, Corelle dishes — all made in USA and can also use Fiesta ware. We are trying to use everything made in USA as best as we can because we get enough chemicals/poisons etc in the things we eat and drink. We heat up all foods in microwave in glass containers covered in paper towels. Thought the stainless pots I got at JC Penney was all USA made BUT are designed in USA and send to china to be made, ugh. Found company in USA that makes them but very expensive. Also looking into all kitchen utensils to be changed to USA made. Its a slow expensive endeavor but worth it for my family.

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