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Attorney General Warns Of Lead In Drinking Glasses

CONTACT: Elliot Burg, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5507

April 22, 2011

Vermonters should avoid buying or using certain decorative drinking glasses because of high lead in the painted illustrations on the products, according to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. The products were imported from overseas by a Salt Lake City-based company called Vandor, LLC, whose name appears on the packaging.

Independent laboratory testing found that 9 glasses out of 15 Vandor glasses and mugs contained lead concentrations of between 14 and 81 times the state limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) of lead for children’s products as defined under Vermont law. The 9 glasses also contained the heavy metal cadmium, although at much lower levels.

Attorney General William H. Sorrell notes that lead is highly toxic, particularly to young children, and exposure to it should be avoided. Even very small amounts of lead over time can cause serious neurological damage, including drops in IQ and long-term behavioral problems.

Here is a description of the illustrations on the high-lead glasses, which were made in China or Indonesia, and the lead concentration for each:

Gone with the Wind glass no. 1—4,831 parts per million (ppm)
Gone with the Wind glass no. 2—4,191 ppm
Elvis Presley tumbler—7,345 ppm
Elvis Presley glass (white)—1,443 ppm
Elvis Presley glass (black)—2,935 ppm
Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” glass—4,216 ppm
Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” glass—4,109 ppm
Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” glass—4,066 ppm
Elvis Presley “Burning Love” glass—8,174 ppm

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