I recently saw a piece on my local news about lead in dishware. I never heard of that before, so thought maybe other people haven't either. Apparently 1 in 3 dishes (plates, bowls, etc.) have lead in them! It's in the paints and glazes. Even if they're "safe" to sell in the US, and "safe" to eat off of, many products still have lead in them. And according to the news story, at least a couple people have gotten ill from eating off of dishes with lead. Their bodies tested positive for lead! It seems the older the dish, the more likely it'll have lead in it. But I went out and bought new stainless steel dog bowls yesterday. I used to use ceramic bowls, that have been painted and glazed. I don't know that they have lead in them for sure, but better safe than sorry. They have lead test kits you can buy in hardware stores to test your dishes. I haven't done this yet, but probably will, to know if I should go out and buy new dishes for myself or not. Just FYI!
I found a list online a couple years ago that listed several pages of different brands of dinnerware and lead levels. I used it to buy what we currently have. If I remember correctly, deep or bright colored dishes were the worst offenders. If I can find that list again, I'll post the link.