This is a bit of a different question for this forum, but there are so many well-read people here that I thought that I’d ask.
So much of the things I buy for my kitchen are made abroad, the main producer being China. I have always harbored a skepticism about goods made in third-world countries or some under-developed Asian countries that have poor or minimal standards when it comes to industrial practices that liberally use metals like lead or cheap oil-based materials in the final product. I’m concerned with ingesting toxic materials. So for example, I don’t own dishes that were perhaps made with poor quality glazes, pans with cheap non-stick finishes, etc. Not only that, but I have issues with other aspects of production (labor practices, impact on the environment, pricing) but this thread isn’t about these matters.
Well, I’ve been wanting to buy a ribbed glass canister set that come in sets of three with metal lids that look like pewter. Today, I found them at TJ Maxx (a discount store) priced individually so they are a good deal. So, although it was hard to resist the amber, cobalt blue and brilliant red, I bought the clear glass jars with a fairly ornate lid (the top looks like an acorn) that has a silicone ring seal on the inside edge. When I saw that these were made in China, I wondered if I should worry about storing foods like flour, sugar, etc in these canisters. I would think that glass is very stable and this glass isn’t colored. But I don’t know what to think. I could put different varieties of pasta in these canisters and they would look nice, however, I really want to use them to hold food rather than serve a decorative function only.
Has anyone heard about the safety of glassware imported from abroad? You know, when I go to the dollar store and look at some of the junk that people will buy to eat off of, I get sick. I’ve also decided not to even keep the cheap cups that my children are always bringing home from school/sports events. I look for recycling symbols on plastics. If the piece doesn’t have a recycling symbol, then I suspect that it is poorly made and I throw it away. All of my dishes and serving pieces are Corning, which means that it was made here.
What do you think? Will I be baking toxic loaves of bread if I store the flour in canister made under questionable manufacturing practices? Thanks in advance for your replies.