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Toxic lead and cadmium was found on the surface of more than 70 per cent of drinking glasses, a study claimed.
The chemicals were more than 1000 times the higher than recommended limit on some of the glasses, according to the University of Plymouth study.
High levels of lead and cadmium were found both on the rim of the glasses, and around the surface. That included wine glasses, pint glasses, tumblers and jars.
Reducing the amount of chemicals on glasses was an urgent requirement, said researcher Dr Andrew Turner.Related articles
There are genuine health risks posed through ingesting such levels of the substances over a prolonged period
Dr Andrew Turner
“The presence of hazardous elements in both the paint and glaze of decorated glassware has obvious implications for both human health and the environment,” said Turner.
“It was a real surprise to find such high levels of lead and cadmium, both on the outside of the glassware and around the rim.
“There are genuine health risks posed through ingesting such levels of the substances over a prolonged period, so this is clearly an issue that the international glassware industry needs to take action on as a matter of urgency.”
The study tested chemical levels on 72 new and second-hand drinking glass products.
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