Many media, including WOIO-TV 19 in Cleveland, published the news article on Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer's participation in a study of aluminum cookware that shows high levels of lead and other toxic metals. Weidenhamer, who is trustees' distinguished professor of chemistry, published the results of the study. The study shows that aluminum cookware made from scrap metal in countries around the world poses a serious and previously unrecognized health risk to millions of people. The highest levels were found in cookware from Vietnam including one pot that released 2,800 times more lead than California's Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day.
Researchers at Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International tested 42 samples of aluminum cookware made in 10 developing countries and more than one-third pose a lead exposure hazard. The cookware also released significant levels of aluminum, arsenic and cadmium. This cookware is common throughout Africa and Asia and is made from recycled scrap metal including auto and computer parts, cans and other industrial debris.
His study, "Metal exposures from aluminum cookware: An unrecognized public health risk in developing countries," is published in the February 2017 issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Here are links to some of the media articles --