I have told expats very often that the proof that they have been accepted in the country is when they are served wine in a glass like that at an informal meal. They often look at me in total incredulity, which indicates that they are not ripe for acceptation yet.
Forget the frivolous French glasses! This Christmas, invite family and friends over to imbibe from your new Dorothy and the Lead Man glassware!
We need to start carrying one of these with us when we shop for drinking glasses. It does have a cool name: the Olympus Innov-X Delta Handheld XRF Analyzer.
Feds are investigating drinking glasses with lead By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Mon Nov 22, 9:31 pm ET
LOS ANGELES – Federal regulators launched an investigation Monday into lead levels in themed drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters, declaring them children's products subject to stricter standards than those intended for adult collectors.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was collecting samples of all glasses cited in an ongoing Associated Press investigation into dangerous metals in children's merchandise, generally those containing the more-dangerous toxin cadmium.
The company that imported the Chinese-made glasses depicting the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman and characters from "The Wizard of Oz" such as Dorothy and the Tin Man announced it would voluntarily recall them, despite its insistence that they were marketed to adults.
In all, about 160,000 glasses were recalled by two companies since the AP disclosed Sunday that laboratory tests it commissioned showed that colored designs in a range of glasses contain high levels of lead or were made in such a way that lead or cadmium could escape and contaminate the hands of someone handling them.
The agency said its own inquiry would extend beyond the superhero and Oz glasses to include others cited by AP "that have decorations that children would be attracted to," said spokesman Scott Wolfson.
Federal regulators have worried that toxic metals rubbing onto children's hands can get into their mouths.
The concern is longtime, not immediate. While the superhero and Oz glasses had high levels of lead in their design colors, they did not release enough to hurt anyone. The issue is whether the glasses, made in China and purchased at the Warner Bros. Studios store in Burbank, Calif., comply with federal limits on lead in children's products.
The AP testing revealed that the Oz and superhero glasses contained lead up to 1,000 times the federal limit; the enamel used to color the Tin Man glass was more than 30 percent lead, compared with a federal limit of 0.03 percent. The items also contained lesser but still notable amounts of cadmium.
Soon after Wolfson said Monday that the CPSC considers the glasses children's products, Warner Bros. said it would stop selling them, and the importer, Utah-based Vandor LLC, said it would pull them from the broader market.
If regulators had concluded the glasses were not children's products, they wouldn't be subject to strict lead limits.
Both Vandor and Warner Bros. said in separate statements that their decisions were made in "an abundance of caution." Vandor said the "themed glassware falls within legal limits for lead and cadmium content," and insisted that adult collectors were their intended audience.
Last week, while commenting on AP's test results, Warner Bros. said, "It is generally understood that the primary consumer for these products is an adult, usually a collector."
However, on Warner Brothers' website, the superhero glasses were sold alongside a lunch box and children's T-shirts with superhero images. An online retailer, www.retroplanet.com, described the 10-ounce glasses as "a perfect way to serve cold drinks to your children or guests."
Vandor CEO Tom Russo said his company would "work with the CPSC to develop a recall plan." Details of the recall will be posted on www.vandorproducts.com when available, the company said.
The company said that about 18,000 total four-glass sets have been sold — split almost evenly between the Oz set and the superhero set.
In addition to the Vandor recall, the Coca-Cola Co. voluntarily recalled 88,000 glasses that shed cadmium during separate AP testing that recreated what could escape from decorations during regular handling. The glasses came in sets of four and were designed to look like cans of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Sprite.
Coke said late Sunday that the all-red Coke glass prompted the recall "for quality reasons." The company said it saw no problem with the other three designs.
The company said the red glasses had been tested and passed; then, after AP brought its results to Coke, the company did a second round of tests that it said "indicated some cadmium in the decoration on the outside of the glass, (but) the low levels detected do not pose a safety hazard or health threat."
The manufacturer of the Coke glasses, French-owned Arc International, emphasized in a statement attributed to CEO Fred Dohn that the glasses "are safe for their intended use and meet all applicable regulatory standards for cadmium."
The latest AP testing was prompted by a recall this summer by McDonald's of 12 million glasses because cadmium escaped from designs depicting four characters in the latest "Shrek" movie.
Arc International officials said in June that the "Shrek" glasses, made at its New Jersey plant, were manufactured according to standard industry practices, which includes the routine use of cadmium to create red and similar colors.
To gauge how widespread the use of lead and cadmium has been — and whether their use poses potential health hazards — AP bought 13 new glasses, plus 22 old glasses dating from the late 1960s to 2007.
Those glasses were subjected to a battery of tests at ToyTestingLab of Rhode Island, which is accepted by the CPSC as an accredited laboratory for a range of procedures. The tests looked at whether glasses would shed lead or cadmium from their decorations during normal handling, as well as how much of the toxic metals those decorations contain.
AP's testing showed that while the Chinese manufacturer of the superhero and Oz glasses loaded the decorations with lead, very little came out of the decorations during testing. Overall, 25 of the 35 glasses tested safe — their decorations shed very low or no detectable amounts of lead or cadmium.
The other 10 glasses shed small but notable levels of lead, cadmium or, in two cases, both. The concern with these metals in glassware is routine exposure over weeks or months, even if any one dose that goes from a kid's hands to their mouth on food or by licking is small.
Lead has long been known to damage young brains; recent research suggests cadmium can do the same. Cadmium also can harm kidneys and bones, especially if it accumulates over time.
Have you seen them in shops and stores? I have enough little Picardie glasses to throw a major street party - I buy a dozen every time I'm working in Amsterdam - they are very cheap and none have broken.
Haven't seen the Gigogne or other styles. Doesn't really matter.
Imec, indeed they are great for a deck, camping, picnics. I don't bother with plastic gobelets; the small ones aren't heavy , and easy to carry in bicycle panniers or a bag for picnic food.
I always turn glasses over in the shops when they look like Duralex -- but none of them have been Duralex so far. However, I did buy some similar glasses at Monoprix recently and then I bought some smaller ones at Hema. I have not thrown any of them on the floor to see if they are as durable as Duralex, but it is highly unlikely that they are.
In any case, the glasses were much cheaper at Hema, which is one of the reasons that I decided to buy more.
The HEMA ones, at least the ones I've bought in Amsterdam, are real Duralex. Look on the base of yours - I bring them home every time I'm working there, as well as bicycle swag. I just took a sip of wine from one of them. Yep, Duralex, made in France. They even have the number.
I have dropped a couple, not deliberately of course, and they didn't break on the hard kitchen floor.
That is really nice - the very young and the very old (and frail) can drink out of "real" glasses again.
As I've said before, I take them on picnics. They could possibly break, but so can a plastic "glass". Nobody's broken one yet.
I took all my stemware except for the champagne flutes to a charity shop (they help homeless women, and other women in crisis). My friends are just as happy to imbibe (whether water, wine, beer or juice etc) from the Duralex tumblers.
There's a company Sur la Table out of NY that has all the different styles and sizes and often on sale for decent prices. My brother and his soon to be wife have all different varieties and adore them for entertaining and everyday use. I have six of the small juice glasses and love them. The perfect size.
That's a great link to have, Casimira. Thanks! As soon as I read the name I realized my daughter and I had been in the Pentagon Row location a year or so ago. I really enjoyed looking at their inventory. It looks like they carry quite a variety of the glasses in all different sizes online.
In 1972, the first Sur La Table store opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It was a place where serious cooks found a surprising selection of culinary tools from around the world, with helpful, knowledgeable employees who loved cooking, too.
We’ve now grown to more than 100 stores across America, with a website and catalog viewed by millions of people each year and a highly regarded cooking class program. But some things haven’t changed: we’re still the place for an unsurpassed selection of exclusive and premium-quality goods for the kitchen and table. We’re still passionate about cooking and entertaining, eager to share all we know.
I have ordered a number of cool kitchen gadgets etc. from them. Beware, once you're on their e-mail list, they send out a gazillion e-mails with offers on an almost daily basis, which can be a nuisance but,in some instances, some cool recipes and great sales. I visited their shop in NYC this last trip and of course, lusted after many items. Having a very well equipped kitchen, and not really in need of too much, it was still very seductive. I love these kind of stores. I bought a couple of kitchen gadgets for my brother who is a serious chef and they were things i knew he would love. he's so difficult to buy things for so, I did good. I prefer them way over Williams Sonoma.
Unfortunately, we don't have Sur la table. There is a Williams-Sonoma location here, technically in a suburb (Laval, the island north of Mtl Island) but easy for me to get to as the métro goes up there. I'm not very impressed; we have better professional cookware shops, and really, an electric frying pan that costs over $300? I want one, to replace one that died, and have seen ones just as nice for far less, but hate ordering that kind of thing online.
Frankly, I'll have just as much luck with church bazaars, yard sales and people selling over the internet, just have to be a bit patient.
I received 8 of the large tumblers and 6 of the smaller 50cl tumblers by post as a Christmas gift. One of the larger glasses was shattered. Do you suppose I should let the hostess of this gift know or just let it go?
As I am not familiar with metric, I got it confused. There are 8 31cl (107/8 oz.) And, 8 50cl 175/8 oz.)
It was one of the 50 cl glasses that was broken.
I ask because although, that's a huge cache of glasses, if I was the one who purchased them for someone else, I would want to know that something I paid for was destroyed and go about getting the company to replace it. It's more the principal. Also, knowing the person who gifted them to me I think that she would want to know as well. We'll see.
The big ones look like highball glasses, I believe? It is rare that those break. I have broken one (wine or juice) glass, but it fell on a hard ceramic floor. They have never broken on wood or linoleum floors. When they break, it is in little cubes, like windshield glass.
The larger ones are a tad too big for highballs. Much more suitable for iced tea that allows room for a nice size wedge of lemon or lime. One of the things I find frustrating in a regular tall glass, fitting in the ice, the beverage, and a lemon wedge barely allows one, two or three sips of the beverage.
How this glass broke with the way these things were packed, with umpteen pillow air bags is beyond me. And, it was just as you described it Lagatta, in a million pieces like a broken, cracked windshield.