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Lancet. 1991 Jan 19;337(8734):141-2.

Lead exposure from lead crystal.

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Department of Pharmacology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY 10032.


In a study of the elution of lead (Pb) from crystal decanters and glasses, port containing 89 micrograms Pb/l was placed in decanters and the Pb content of the wine rose steadily to 3518 micrograms/l after 4 months. Wines and spirits stored in crystal decanters for a long time contained Pb at concentrations up to 21,530 micrograms/l. In a short-term experiment white wine eluted small amounts of Pb from crystal glasses within minutes.

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