Is it safe to eat off old Fiestaware?

Asked By: Angosto Hladky | Last Updated: 9th February, 2020
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We do not recommend not using old ware unless it shows signs of deterioration such as cracking or pitting of the glaze. ?Some old Fiestaware from decades ago has been stated to have contained uranium oxide in its glaze, capable of emitting very low levels of radioactivity that would not pose a health risk.

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In this regard, is fiestaware safe to eat off of?

Recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are that you should not eat off of the vintage red Fiestaware dishes (or Vaseline glass either since it also contains uranium).

Also, how can you tell if fiestaware is vintage?

  1. Color: The original colors were Red, Cobalt, Yellow, Light Green, Old Ivory, and Turquoise.
  2. Markings: The vintage items will have an inkstamp on the bottom that says GENUINE fiesta, with Fiesta all lowercase.

Then, is vintage Fiestaware safe?

Fiesta Is Still Available In 1986, Bloomingdale's partnered with Homer Laughlin to reintroduce the colorful dishes. Modern Fiesta, known as Post 86, is lead-free and safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher. This vintage-style bakeware will take you back.

Are old Corelle dishes lead free?

To learn more about the concern for Lead in dishware, Click HERE. The plain white parts of these bowls (the base material / substrate) is generally Lead-free (and Cadmium-free too!) You can see the full XRF test results of a plain white Corelle bowl if you Click HERE. To learn more about XRF testing, Click HERE.

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What is the new Fiesta color for 2020?

Fiesta's 2020 color is Butterscotch, a vibrant shade of orangey-yellow reminiscent of its namesake.

How dangerous is Fiestaware?

Homer Laughlin, the maker of Fiesta, resumed using the red glaze in the 1950s, using depleted uranium. The use of depleted uranium oxide ceased in 1972. Fiesta Ware manufactured after this date is not radioactive. Fiesta dinnerware made from 1936-1972 may be radioactive.

What color is radioactive Fiesta?

In each case, uranium was used to provide the color of the glaze. Although the radioactivity of both is easily detectable, that of the Fiesta red is head and shoulders above the ivory. It is usually said that Fiestaware came in five colors when it was introduced in 1936: red, blue, green ivory and yellow.

Does Fiesta ware contain lead?

Fiesta® Dinnerware is lead free. Since 1992 when a major manufacturing process change took place at The Homer Laughlin China Company, all of the dinnerware produced for the retail and food service markets has been "lead-free." Fiesta® Dinnerware has been "lead-free" since 1986.

What are the retired Fiestaware colors?


They were sold in the following colors, White, Rose, Cobalt, Yellow, Turquoise, Periwinkle, Seamist, Persimmon & Chartreuse.

Does Corelle dishes have lead?

Dishes made with ceramic, porcelain or china can contain lead or cadmium since glaze is used. Whether the dish is plain white or with colorful decorations, lead or cadmium can be present. Corelle dishes are thin and translucent as fine china, yet extremely stronger. It is great for every day use.

Does vintage Pyrex contain lead?

Is there lead in vintage Pyrex bowls and baking dishes? Yes. Almost all vintage Pyrex bowls and baking dishes test positive for lead when using an XRF (a precision scientific instrument that will report the exact quantity of lead, cadmium and other heavy metals found in an item).

Can vintage Fiestaware go in the dishwasher?

Never put vintage fiestaware in the dishwasher. If you aren't sure if your plates are dishwasher safe or not, hand wash them. (Don't put it in the microwave either). If you notice utensil marks on your Fiestware while you are washing it, all is not lost.

Is vintage Fiestaware microwave safe?

The level of radioactivity of vintage fiestaware has been published and is available online. Fiesta today is frequently tested by federally licensed independent laboratories and is lead free, microwave/dishwasher safe, oven proof and made in the USA

How many colors of Fiestaware are there?


At any given time, Fiesta has 14 or 15 colors in its spectrum. With the addition of Meadow, Sage is retiring. Sage was in production since 2015. Fiesta's 2019 colors include: Ivory, Slate, Scarlet, Poppy, Daffodil, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, Meadow, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, Mulberry, and White.

Is yellow fiestaware radioactive?

To achieve the pottery's brilliant coloring, Fiestaware was glazed with uranium, the material used to fuel nuclear reactors and weapons. Red, orange and possibly yellow-glazed plates, bowls and cups are radioactive, emitting levels that one state health department says are "above current guidelines."

Is Fiesta dinnerware lead cadmium free?

All current Fiesta products do not contain lead. Is there cadmium in Fiesta? No, Fiesta products are made with cadmium-free glaze.

Is it safe to eat off depression glass?

CR: Yes, Depression glass is safe to use. It's not meant to be placed in the microwave or in ovens or on top of ovens. Collectors should only buy what is considered "mint" glass. This is glassware that has no chips, scratches, or repairs of chips.

How do you know if there is lead in your dishes?

The only way to determine if certain crockery has lead is to test it. Home test kits can tell you if the dishes have leachable lead. These tests are most useful in detecting high levels of lead.

How do you get scratches out of Fiestaware?


If you have small scratches, you can try water, dish soap and a little baking soda. If you meet a little resistance, I recommend Bon Ami or Bar Keeper's Friend. Both cleansers are safe/meant for cookware – so feel free to scrub away.

Can you eat off decorative plates?

Decorative plates are not for eating off of, or putting in the microwave. Handwashing only.

Does vintage china contain lead?

Leaching lead from antique china may be toxic. This is the case with many pieces of antique and vintage china. Many of the old glazes used on antique or vintage china contain some level of lead. And those pieces of china with decorations atop the glaze rather than beneath the glaze may contain lead.