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#31 of 48 Old 12-28-2006, 11:05 AM
 
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I emailed Rival, here is my question followed by their roundabout response:
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Do your crock pot inserts contain lead or cadmium?
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I have just received your email and would like to thank you for writing. the liner is made of ceramic and The glaze is made of silica flour, clay, feldspar, something called “frit”, and a few minerals. These are ground up mixed, in specific quantities, with water. The resulting slurry is sprayed onto the pot (or the pot is dipped in it) and it is fired in the kiln at or around 1200-1600 degrees. It all melts together on the outside of the pot and basically turns into a type of glass. The FDA specifies allowable amounts of lead, cadmium and other substances. All of the glazes that we use meet or exceed FDA requirements.

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That's a good response - I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure if you do enough research - EVERY kind of cooking medium would be considered dangerous.

I think there's a limit you can get to without going overboard. I've heard people in these forums squawk about carcinogens from anything and everything. Cooking food causes carcinogens, raw food -- bacteria and pesticides, blah blah blah.

You can't go crazy with this stuff. That's simply not healthy. Trying to create a Utopia in your home is simply unnattainable and overly stressful.
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I took that answer as a reluctant "yes." Sounds like Rival is one of the only brands that has lead in their glaze, that's easy enough to avoid - just don't buy a Rival brand crock pot! Instead, get a Hamilton Beach, GE or West Bend.

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Rival verified that their glazes DO contain lead (in an amount well under the limit set by the FDA), and that they do NOT make any crockpots with a lead-free glaze.
Oh ! Well, I don't really use it anyway. Donation time!
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My exact thoughts when I just looked at my brand name. : : :
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Here's a good link I found on somebody's lead concern and crockpot issue. The glazes used after 1970 have strict standards and are cadmium free. This is one of the main mineral substances that you have to worry about.

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc...691&pst=422199
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By the way, I do have a question on my crockpot.

I have a West Bend crockpot - have any of you done research on that? I've written the company today with the questions below, but I'd like to know from you guys too.

Also, the stoneware has a little bit if whitish/gray film on the inside surface that baking soda or vinegar isn't getting rid of. Is it lead, etching, or what? Is it safe to use?

I noticed on the Rival website that a crockpot should be oiled a little after dishwashing to restore the non-stick properties, which I have never done. If I oil the inside of my ceramic, can I use it again? Just wondering about the white film a little. It's not too horrible, but the ceramic is blue and and gray film just looks bad (and now you've all got me worrying about safety too : -- you know, you guys spoil things sometimes!!! ).
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Okay - I oiled my crockpot and it looks good as new! Was that the only issue, or do I need to worry about anything else??


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has anyone got the kind w/o a removable insert? I'm just wondering how you'd wash it.
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I usually wash mine in the sink with hot water, a sponge, and hand-dishwashing liquid, but if it's really crusty, or I'm being lazy, I throw it in the dishwasher. I now know to oil it after washing it though. Don't use anything more abrasive than baking soda or Bon Ami though, it'll scratch the glaze.
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wouldn't htat harm the electrical elements?
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I've got the kind that you take the bowl out. Isn't that what you were referring to with the removeable insert? (re-reads)


OH. w/OUT a removeable insert. Whoops, sorry.
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Without a removable insert you just don't throw the whole thing in water. Instead you just put water int he pot and soak it and then scrub it out and wipe down the outside. No dishwasher, no immersion. My Mom had one when I was younger. Removable crock is nice.
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I emailed the Crockpot company and this is what I said:
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I would like to purchase a crock-pot, but first I would like to be sure
if the ceramic liners are lead-free and safe to use.

Questions:
1. Are the ceramic liners in your crock-pots lead-free?
2. What country are the ceramic liners manufactured?

Thank you for your time. Sincerely, M

HERE WAS THEIR RESPONSE:

Hello M,
I just received your email and would like to thank you for writing. Our
liners do contain a minimal amount of lead that is approved by the FDA
and they are manufactured in China.

Dina
Jarden Consumer Solutions


SO I REPLIED:

Thank you for your rapid reply. The answers you gave me will help me in making the decision of NOT purchasing a Crock Pot at this time, due to the lead content.

Although it is approved by the FDA, I personally do not feel comfortable purchasing something that cooks food, to contain the slightest amount of lead.

I would love to purchase a Crock Pot now, but until the liners are manufactured without lead, I will reconsider.

IT IS A SHAME THAT THESE CONTAIN LEAD.

I hope the Crock-Pot company will find that this is a concern from consumers and will begin manufacturing non-lead crocks in the future.

Again, thank you for your prompt response. And I thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
M
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I emailed the Crockpot company and this is what I said:
Question:
I would like to purchase a crock-pot, but first I would like to be sure
if the ceramic liners are lead-free and safe to use.

Questions:
1. Are the ceramic liners in your crock-pots lead-free?
2. What country are the ceramic liners manufactured?

Thank you for your time. Sincerely, M

HERE WAS THEIR RESPONSE:

Hello M,
I just received your email and would like to thank you for writing. Our
liners do contain a minimal amount of lead that is approved by the FDA
and they are manufactured in China.

Dina
Jarden Consumer Solutions


SO I REPLIED:

Thank you for your rapid reply. The answers you gave me will help me in making the decision of NOT purchasing a Crock Pot at this time, due to the lead content.

Although it is approved by the FDA, I personally do not feel comfortable purchasing something that cooks food, to contain the slightest amount of lead.

I would love to purchase a Crock Pot now, but until the liners are manufactured without lead, I will reconsider.

IT IS A SHAME THAT THESE CONTAIN LEAD.

I hope the Crock-Pot company will find that this is a concern from consumers and will begin manufacturing non-lead crocks in the future.

Again, thank you for your prompt response. And I thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
M
I don't quite understand. Are they a specific company and if they are what company or are all liners manufactured by the same company?
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This is so frustrating. I have been following this for a long time but still haven't parted with my Rival crock pot because 1)I use it a lot! and 2) I just can't find the 'perfect' slow cooker.

I noticed the other day that Williams Sonoma is carrying a fancy All Clad one with a heavy cast aluminum pot (which I also don't want to cook in). I wish someone would make a stainless one instead!

I really need to replace mine though

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From what I've heard, Hamilton Beach and West Bend and GE are all certified lead free.
That's good to know. I have one Hamilton Beach and one GE (I think it's a GE...)
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I think there's a limit you can get to without going overboard. I've heard people in these forums squawk about carcinogens from anything and everything. Cooking food causes carcinogens, raw food -- bacteria and pesticides, blah blah blah.

You can't go crazy with this stuff. That's simply not healthy. Trying to create a Utopia in your home is simply unnattainable and overly stressful.
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Also, the stoneware has a little bit if whitish/gray film on the inside surface that baking soda or vinegar isn't getting rid of. Is it lead, etching, or what? Is it safe to use?
Could be mineral deposit from water? But I would think that vinegar and scrubbing would remove that.

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