Health for humans, animals & plants

Metal permeability of colorfully decorated ceramic, porcelain or enamel ware for direct contact with foodstuffs

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Final Report of Priority Action A-001-23

The aim of the focal action was to check whether the legal maximum values for certain elements were complied with. In addition, the release of other toxicologically relevant elements (aluminum, arsenic, cobalt, chromium, lithium, nickel) was also examined and assessed.

58 samples from all over Austria were examined, eleven samples were objected to (in some cases several times):

  • One sample (enamel baking dish) was judged to be harmful to health due to the release of barium, aluminum, arsenic, cobalt, lithium and nickel
  • In one sample, the maximum value for zinc was exceeded.
  • For nine samples, the declaration of conformity required by the Ceramics Ordinance was either incomplete (four samples) or not available at all (five samples).
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Last updated: 18.07.2022

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