Decorative Drinking Glasses Can Contain Harmful Levels of Metals

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Themed Merchandised products affectedDr Andrew Turner

Reader in Environmental Science (Biogeochemistry and Toxicology)
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Plymouth, UK

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: We had a project looking at toxic metals in consumer plastics and paints and as part of the study analysed decorated glassware product. With respect to the latter, and from a health perspective, it is concerning that metals that have been banned or restricted by so many industries over the past few decades are still used to decorate contemporary drinking glassware. Drinking glasses that are most hazardous are those where the décor extends into the lip area within 2 cm of the rim, and those that target children.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Be cautious when purchasing new or using old decorated glassware. Avoid items where the décor is flaking or deteriorating and where décor is evident in the lip area.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: As part of future research, it would be useful to examine the enameled décor on items that are sent for recycling, like bottles. Are the metallic-rich paints recycled into the glass cullet, and if so where do they end up after the glass has been recycled?

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: As part of future research, it would be useful to examine the enamelled décor on items that are sent for recycling, like bottles. Are the metallic-rich paints recycled into the glass cullet, and if so where do they end up after the glass has been recycled?

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Citation:

Sci Total Environ. 2017 Oct 22. pii: S0048-9697(17)32874-7. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.164. [Epub ahead of print]
High levels of migratable lead and cadmium on decorated drinking glassware.
Turner A1.

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