If you drink your water, cook/store/eat your food from ceramic kitchenware/tableware, you could be exposed to lead poisoning. Reason: If the ceramic ware is not made properly, lead (used to make decorative designs in the lead) would leach into the food stored on it.
The Sunday Straits Times published quite a disturbing article titled Toxic Tableware- Danger Stalks You at Home (1 Nov 09).
The Malaysian Associates of Standard Users randomly tested 20 samples of ceramic tableware- cups, mugs, saucers, plates and bowls brought from different places in town. The results:
- 20% of the products were found to have leachable lead exceeding allowed standards by an average 1700%
- one sample, flat rice plates even exceed by 7500%!
Dangers of lead poisoning:
- damage nervous system
- can cause cancer
- affect brain development in children