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Old 01-01-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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China is just doing what they always do, making inferior and slipshod products. It is up to this country, and the FDA, to monitor what comes into this country. And they claim they do not have the money or resources to check everything. Hence, only 1-2% of all imports are being checked. Corporate capitalism and our greed run amuk.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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Many chemicals that China uses in their products have been banned in this country for years. China has very few rules concerning usage of chemicals or even handling them. I have personally seen the dire and dangerous conditions that the workers have to endure in the factories of China.

Every time anyone buys a product made in China or made with components from China is supporting slave labor and potentially poisoning yourself and your family.

Stores like Walmart, Costco and Target have perpetuated this by forcing vendors to make their products cheaper and cheaper.
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Old 01-01-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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Well, I did a web search and my old dishes didn't have lead, so I am cancelling getting Corelle. That was good news. I just got the name of my dishes and googled. Being from China though, it does make me leery.

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Old 01-01-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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I have some old glass plates, with nothing on them to warn me, and then the melamine I got from Target (made in China). So will be dispensing of them, and ordering my beautiful Corelle pattern! Can't wait!!
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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From what I am reading glass dishes are fine as are pyrex. I did more google searching today and came up with these websites. I did have a set of Gibson dinner ware, just some plates that I got at a yard sale, and I will use them under potted plants. When I decide to get some deep bowls, I am going to get glass ones. May not get them from Wallie World though. Other than that I tossed out some mugs that I am unsure of using. Think again of using Corelle as they have small amount of lead according to website below. I am sending mine back, but mainly because I found my other dishes to be lead free--if you can believe the manufactorers.

http://wildinthecity.ca/2007/11/19/t...erware-i-think

http://theseep.wordpress.com/2007/12...es-you-betcha/
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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Glass from U.S.A. that's the answer. Old school................ Wood furniture, not plastic or resin. Gold fillings in the teeth. Wool rugs, not nylon or polyester. I could go on and on.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:30 AM
 
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Many chemicals that China uses in their products have been banned in this country for years. China has very few rules concerning usage of chemicals or even handling them. I have personally seen the dire and dangerous conditions that the workers have to endure in the factories of China.

Every time anyone buys a product made in China or made with components from China is supporting slave labor and potentially poisoning yourself and your family.

Stores like Walmart, Costco and Target have perpetuated this by forcing vendors to make their products cheaper and cheaper.
Amen to that...........
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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The problem with using dishes that are made of melamine is they are typically NOT microwave safe, using them in the micro I would think could make them dangerous to the food you serve on them.

I'm glad I read this thread because I have some of those glasses from Mexico, I've had them for years.

I recently purchased some new dishes and they are made in England.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:54 AM
 
Location: In a house
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It's odd that I should come across this thread today....just last night my husband and myself went to several stores looking for some kind of inexpensive plates to feed my animals on. I don't like bowls because my cats share their dishes. I have several cats as I use to do cat rescue. I did not want any plates from China. Not glass or plastic. I could not find anything that wasn't made in China. The pet store only had bowls at $5.00 and up. I needed 6 plates and that was more then I wanted to pay. I finally had to get baby plates I found in the grocey store of all places. I could not even find those in the many other stores I looked in. The baby plates were made in the USA and are dishwasher safe---which I needed too. It was crazy just trying to locate anything NOT made in China!!
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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I am in the process of switching over to Fiestaware. Not only is it lead free it is also made in the USA. I got the heather which is a bold purple and I really like it. It is a little pricey but the stores up here in NH have been having a 50% off. It is plain however I do not need any fancy pattern.

I try to make it a point to buy made in the USA whenever possible- I know not an easy task. It is more money because these companies have to compete with this ridiculous free trade with China and NAFTA garbage that has killed our manufacturing base.

Although things made here are more $$, the quality in what I have purchased is soooo much better. If I am going to but something - I save up for it if it is too much $$.

It is a shame that these babies were put in comas and died from that toy around Christmas time-cannot remember the name- and nothing has been done to stop these deadly imports.


Has anyone purchased a lead testing kit and tested it on anything around their home?

Nicole
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