Here's the answer I recieved this morning:
"Thank you very much for visiting our store and for your interest in the VitaClay! The VitaClay is a really neat unit and does a great job at cooking both rice and slow cooking. We tested the unit before carrying it and it cooked rice really nicely and the chicken dinner we slow cooked was cooked to perfection and it seemed that the chicken dinner was done a bit faster than in regular crock pots.
To answer your question, the VitaClay company does say that the VitaClay Rice & Slow cooker is free of added lead, but they do not "certify" the clay is free of lead. Since clay is a natural material, it is *possible* that in the clay itself, it could have traces of lead. This does not mean there is actually lead in the clay, but it is possible. However, Essenergy, Inc. (the manufacturer of VitaClay) does state that in the manufacturing process, the VitaClay does not use any coatings or glazes that would contain lead, and Essenergy, Inc. does say the unit is free from added lead. Meaning, any lead would be in the clay and naturally occurring. "
Thoughts on this?