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Is Bullseye glass food safe?



If using plates, bowls or platters made of Bullseye glass, we recommend capping with a layer of our clear glass

Listed below are the Bullseye glasses that contain more than 1.0% lead or more than 0.5% cadmium. If you use any of these styles for food-bearing objects, we recommend capping them with Bullseye clear glass. In our testing, we have found that clear-capping results in minimal lead and cadmium leaching -- well below FDA limits. In our testing, we have also found that transparent glasses leach lead/cadmium at levels below FDA limits, and much less than opalescent lead/cadmium-bearing glasses; so you may be able to use transparent lead/cadmium-bearing glasses without clear-capping.

Our testing, however, does not cover all glass styles or firing conditions, and it cannot be taken as a guarantee of food safety when using these glasses. If you sell food-bearing objects, it is your responsibility to have them tested, since lead/cadmium leaching can be affected by the specific processes to which the glass is subjected. A heavily textured surface, for example, has more total surface area and, therefore, more area from which lead/cadmium may be leached.

A local chemistry lab should be able to perform the necessary test for you, according to ASTM C738-94(2006) Standard Test Method for Lead and Cadmium Extracted from Glazed Ceramic Surfaces, for a relatively low fee of around $30 to $70 dollars per sample.

The following glasses contain more than 1.0% lead:

Opalescents

  • Cobalt Blue Opaque Rod 000014
  • Translucent White 000243
  • Pink 000301
  • Dusty Lilac 000303
  • Salmon Pink 000305
  • Dense White 000313
  • Plum 000332
  • Gold Purple 000334

Transparents

  • Light Coral 001205
  • Light Pink 001215
  • Light Fuchsia 001232
  • Violet 001234
  • Gold Pink 001311
  • Sunset Coral 001305
  • Fuchsia 001332
  • Gold Purple 001334
  • Cranberry Sapphirine 001342
  • Amber Lustre 001701
  • Green Lustre 001707
  • Blue Lustre 001714
  • Copper Green Lustre 001717
  • Burnt Scarlet Tint 001823
  • Ruby Red Tint 001824
  • Ruby Pink Tint 001831

Streaky

  • White, Pink Opal 002302
  • White, Salmon Pink Opal 002305
  • White, Cranberry Pink 002310
  • Cranberry Pink, White 002311
  • Petrified Wood, 002971
  • Cranberry Pink, Royal Blue, Spring Green, White 003026
  • Azure Blue Opal, Jade Green Opal, Neo-Lavender 003045
  • Cranberry Pink, Royal Blue, Spring Green 003126
  • White, Deep Royal Purple, Cranberry Pink 003328
  • Cranberry Pink, Gold Purple, White 003334
  • Cranberry Pink, Emerald Green, White 003345
  • Cranberry Pink, Azure Blue, White 003346

The following glasses contain more than 0.5% cadmium:

Opalescent

  • Tomato Red 000024
  • Tangerine Orange 000025
  • Canary Yellow 000120
  • Red 000124
  • Orange 000125
  • Spring Green 000126
  • Woodland Brown 000203
  • Sunflower Yellow 000220
  • Deep Red 000224
  • Pimento Red 000225
  • Golden Green 000227
  • Cinnabar 000309
  • Umber 000310
  • Marigold Yellow 000320
  • Pumpkin Orange 000321
  • Burnt Orange 000329
  • Butterscotch 000337

Transparent

  • Sienna 001119
  • Yellow 001120
  • Red 001122
  • Orange 001125
  • Chartreuse 001126
  • Marigold Yellow 001320
  • Carnelian 001321
  • Garnet Red 001322
  • Red-Orange 001022 (Rod)
  • Light Orange 001025 (Rod)

Streaky

  • Clear, Sunflower Yellow Opal 002020
  • Yellow, Deep Forest Green 002121
  • Clear, Red Opal 002024
  • Clear, Spring Green Opal 002026
  • White, Orange Opal 002123
  • Red Opal, White 002124
  • Yellow, Red 002125
  • White, Orange Opal, Deep Forest Green 003123
  • Woodland Brown Opal, Ivory, Black 003203

Some of our Collage sheet glass styles include streamers made with styles in the cadmium lists above.

(Updated February 2016)

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