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  1. Just spent the morning phoning around and yes there are a number of companies still testing tableware etc in Stoke. A foible of exporting to the USA from the UK is that all tableware must be tested for food safety. Or have a sticker on the base stating "Not for food use". As far as I understand domestically produced tableware in the USA doesn't have to have the same stringent testing. I also found a laboratory in Stoke that will test food for heavy metal contamination. The costs are $30 per type of metal, so testing for Lead, copper, platinum etc could rapidly escalate. So I've decided to keep my Kiln clean, use my dedicated "Pizza kiln shelf" and risk it. I tend to agree with some of the forum members, I'm more likely to die of consuming too much pizza, than heavy metal poisoning.
  2. I'll be researching the costs at the local ceramic laboratory tomorrow. Luckily Stoke on Trent is awash with the facilities to test fired ceramics. I wonder how they will react to my request to test a pizza.
  3. Hi All, This seemed the most appropriate heading in the forum list. After posting a request on the Potter Network Facebook group page about cooking pizzas in my small test kiln,(https://www.facebook.com/groups/219780908063139/permalink/1029158647125357/?comment_id=1029269030447652&notif_t=group_comment) I was interested to get many opinions/comments on the hazards of what I was doing. Whilst the majority thought that it was a good idea to cook in the kiln, I am interested in finding out if there are any real hazards and if it is dangerous to health in any way. I first must state that the kiln shelf I use is a designated "pizza" shelf only for food. I vacuum the inside of the electric kiln out reasonably often and that the Pizza is generally cooked in about 10 minutes at about 260 c. I welcome your views. Thanks
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