The EC was planning to introduce regulations lowering the allowable levels of lead and cadmium that can be released into food from ceramic (http://www.ceram.com/
Ceram’s findings have been instrumental in persuading Europe to think again, potentially protecting UK jobs and manufacturers, with the implementation of new limits pushed back to 2016. Ceram will also be involved in a comprehensive research programme that the EC is setting up through the EURL (European Reference Laboratory).
Dr Richard White, Head of Testing at Ceram, says:
“The European Commission had developed a theoretical approach to leaching of lead and cadmium and, as a result, had proposed levels that are 400 times lower for lead and 60 times lower for cadmium – levels that tableware manufacturers would find very challenging.
“We decided to put together a technical programme to give the UK tableware (http://www.ceram.com/
Tony Kinsella, Chief Executive at Ceram, says:
“This work is yet another example of how our team of materials experts applies science to the commercial world. We have worked with our clients and with the British Ceramic Confederation to and we will continue to work with them, providing sound scientific evidence and technical analysis, to ensure that a satisfactory outcome is reached for all parties.”
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Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Ceram solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and develop their sustainability performance in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.
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