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#31 of 51 Old 03-26-2007, 06:56 AM
 
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Dear Carla

I have enquired further about this matter and I am advised that there will be small traces of lead in the ceramic pot and lid, these would be one part to a million. The appliances do meet the Restriction of Acidous Substances European Directive 2002/95/EEC.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

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what does this mean?????????????????????????
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she wrote again...
Dear Carla

I have enquired further about this matter and I am advised that there will be small traces of lead in the ceramic pot and lid, these would be one part to a million. The appliances do meet the Restriction of Acidous Substances European Directive 2002/95/EEC.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

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what does this mean?????????????????????????

Sounds like it means that there's some lead, but it's lower than the amount legally allowed in a food-related substance. You have to decide for yourself if that's OK with you

I bought a Hamilton Beach at Target this weekend, even though I have a sneaking suspicion that a PP might be right when she asked if a company could make the claim that its products are "lead-free" as long as the levels are below the legal limit. I figure I'm erring on the side of caution, and I'm justifying it to myself in that I had a gift card that covered all but the tax, and I wanted a bigger one anyway. Like the OP, I had a Farberware and am not pleased about their response to her query :

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i suppose they all have teflon for non-stick right?
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Rival crock pots are made in China - says so on the shipping box.

If the stuff turns into "glass" though, at such high temps....I wonder if it can get out? Glass doesn't leach anything. And the crock pot isn't gonna reach 1200º...
That's what I'm wondering as well.

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Bumping this up to add my contact with Kitchen Aid.

I used the contact form on their website and asked,
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I am interested in purchasing a KSC700SS 7-Qt. Slow Cooker . Can you tell me if the ceramic cooking pot is manufactured with lead or cadmium?
They replied,
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Our Slow Cooker Crock is Ceramic with food-grade black-glaze paint coating.
So, I guess that is a "no, I can't tell you". I found a lot of complaints about the KitchenAid crock cracking anyway. I ended up buying the Hamilton Beach 6qt programmable. We really love the temperature probe, spoon rest, and lid rest. I have a large family, so I really wanted that extra quart in the KA but not if it contains lead. Two HB slow cookers cost less than one KA anyway.

Thanks so much for the research done in this and other slow cooker threads.
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Because hardly anything is made in the USA anymore and the FDA and every other government watchdog agency is understaffed.
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I have a cast iron dutch oven that I can start on the stovetop and also move into the oven for slow-cooker recipes. Maybe that is an option for those who can't find an acceptable electric plug-in model? Doesn't really help the mama with no stove, though. Sorry.
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I'm dense.
what's the consensus then?
is hamilton beach ok or no?
vita clay is cool, but made in china....
and most dutch ovens that i've found are made in china or thailand....

what gives?
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There are ovens that can be used as slow cookers. I have one, it is a Kenmore. I have never used it that way, but it is a possible alternative, albeit an expensive one.

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I have a cast iron dutch oven that I can start on the stovetop and also move into the oven for slow-cooker recipes. Maybe that is an option for those who can't find an acceptable electric plug-in model? Doesn't really help the mama with no stove, though. Sorry.
Well, the main reason I use a slow cooker is to avoid using my oven because it heats up the house in summer. I believe a full-size electric oven uses a lot more energy than a slow cooker.
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I'm dense.
what's the consensus then?
is hamilton beach ok or no?
vita clay is cool, but made in china....
and most dutch ovens that i've found are made in china or thailand....

what gives?
I'm not sure what the consensus is, but I just wanted to add that my HB is also made in China.
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I'm trying to find a new slow cooker (the PLASTIC lid on my Rival broke today....yay! ) and in my research it is West Bend that has the nonstick interiors, not Hamilton Beach.

ETA: I think I found the one I'm going to buy. It only has 1 Amazon review so if I do get it I'll be sure to let you all know how I like it.
http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/cgi-bin...0/prrfnbr/1014 and the Amazon linkadoo
I have a West Bend and it has ceramic not non-stick.
http://www.westbend.com/catalog.cfm?...ction&linkid=5
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It's pricey: http://www.kitchenkapers.com/vitacla...ooker-pro.html

http://www.fernsnutrition.com/hmrice.html

Any one use one? What about Breville Slow Cookers?
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Could I/we buy crocks, like from Lehman's, and then use them as the insert? Providing they fit. I have a small crock pot so that seems feasible to me.

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So were there any updates on Hamilton Beach negating the previous findings? it's lead free still?
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I wrote to hamilto beach. I recieved the most generic answer ever.....

"Thank you for contacting us!

For over 100 years it has been our priority and privilege to develop and manufacture high quality small appliances. Please be assured that our products and components meet all government requirements and are FDA and UL approved. They are also tested by independent laboratories to ensure the high quality that is expected of Hamilton Beach brand products. The rigorous tests we employ often exceed the standards set by our government making us a leader in the industry for quality and safety.

We will continue to demand excellence on your behalf because that is what you deserve. The success we continue to enjoy would not be possible without you, our valued consumer.

Thank you for your patronage!

Sincerely,

Stacy
Consumer Affairs"


Blah, blah, blah, I just won't use my slow cooker, barely use it anyway:/

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I updated in the other, more recent thread (posted on 3/6):

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I bought a stay-or-go a month ago and called Hamilton Beach to verify their lead content and they said that they used it in their product but had no specific information other than assuring me their product was safe. I returned it and am now at a loss.
See my response below.

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Do you think that the Hamilton Beach representatives just make it all up as they go along? I purposely bought it because I had read in various threads here on MDC that the representatives were claiming to be the *one* manufacturer without lead. I was suspicious after I bought it and could find no claim on the box or the inside literature.
It does say on their website that there is no lead:

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Does the crock contain lead?
No. There is no lead or cadmium in the crock.
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Metasequoia, did you ever hear back from Hamilton Beach? I'm curious, because I have one and figured it was safe, given what you had posted in the other thread.
See below...

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I would love to hear what Hamilton Beach said. I guess I am deciding between Hamiliton Beach, CorningWare, and All-Clad. I can't tell what the interior of the All-Clad one is -- I emailed them. Does anyone know?
See below...

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I have a Hamilton Beach and contacted them. It took a while for a response but this is the lame one I recieved-

I simply asked if there was any lead or cadmium in their crock pots....

"Thank you for contacting us!

For over 100 years it has been our priority and privilege to develop and manufacture high quality small appliances. Please be assured that our products and components meet all government requirements and are FDA and UL approved. They are also tested by independent laboratories to ensure the high quality that is expected of Hamilton Beach brand products. The rigorous tests we employ often exceed the standards set by our government making us a leader in the industry for quality and safety.

We will continue to demand excellence on your behalf because that is what you deserve. The success we continue to enjoy would not be possible without you, our valued consumer.

Thank you for your patronage!

Sincerely,

Stacy
Consumer Affairs" end quote

I'm not happy about this response and am about to e-mail miss Stacy again:/
That is the generic response I received from them too. I emailed back & asked for a simple yes or no answer.

However, I did just call & talked to someone who seemed to know what she was talking about. She said that they do NOT use any lead in the glaze - the only chance of any lead being in the crock would be in the clay where it naturally occurs (but would be sealed in by the glaze.)
I gave her my email address & asked that she send me a statement in writing.



And this is what it says in Hamilton Beach's FAQs:

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Does the crock contain lead?
No. There is no lead or cadmium in the crock.


Still waiting on the written statement...

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If you get a LODGE brand cast iron dutch oven they are made in the USA.
Just thought I would share that.

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If you get a LODGE brand cast iron dutch oven they are made in the USA.
Just thought I would share that.

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I really use my slow cooker for making bone broths, I make 2-3 batches a week. I'm not sure that cast iron would be compatible with A) all of that water or B) the apple cider vinegar.

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WHY CAN'T WE BUY SAFE STUFF FOR OUR FAMILIES???!!!

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No kidding. It seems like we just have to choose between the better of two evils. In everything!

I love crock-pots. I use it all the time but now I don't know if I will because that really scares me. I mean if toys are being recalled for lead... We're actually EATING this.
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