Another reason never to buy anything MADE IN CHINA or ever trust WAL-MART again.

Another reason never to buy anything MADE IN CHINA or ever trust WAL-MART again.

Subject: Pyrex warning – A must read! pass this along to family & friends

SNOPES LINK: TRUE says this is true.

About 5:30 PM there was a loud bang from the oven. Sylvia opened the oven door and the Pyrex dish had shattered into a million pieces. The roast beef (our first in many months) was peppered with small shards of very sharp glass. She shoveled the glass and the now mashed potatoes into a bucket with two putty knives and then sucked up the remains with the shop vac. She let everything cool down and then scrubbed the oven with Simple Green and some hot soapy water. It took over an hour to clean up the goo. Upon completion, She used the oven while empty to see if the temperature controller was working okay. She suspected the oven got too hot and the dish simply blew. This was not the case however. The oven came up to temperature and cycled normally. We threw a frozen pizza in the oven and it cooked okay.

What is going on?

Googled exploding Pyrex dishes and exploding Pyrex is now very common..

Here is the story.

In the past, there was a company named Corning . They made Pyrex dishes. The material they used in their dishes is called borosilicate glass. This stuff is indestructible.

Corning sold the technology to a company called World Kitchen, (Chinese) they also sold the rights to the original Pyrex logo. Seamless. The consumer will never know.The Chinese discovered that using soda lime glass was almost as good as borosilicate glass and a lot cheaper. Today, Wal-Mart is the largest distributor of Pyrex products

Now it seems people are getting hurt using soda lime Pyrex.. We were lucky because the dish broke while the oven was closed and the damage was limited to the oven cavity. Others have been less fortunate. Some dishes explode when they are lifted from the heating rack in the oven with devastating results. World Kitchen is in denial.. They say that the dishes are another brand, not theirs. Contrary to their denials the victims usually have more than one of these dishes and the Pyrex logo is clearly visible

If you buy a Pyrex dish beware. The label on the front says oven safe, freezer safe, microwave safe. The instructions on the back tell another story. You cannot move a soda lime Pyrex dish from the freezer to the oven and expect it to survive. The fine print goes on and on about what you are not allowed to do with the Pyrex dish. The fine print has prevented World Kitchen from being sued because they have warned the consumer that their Pyrex dishes have a potential problem.

What to do?

If you own borosilicate Pyrex dishes no fear. They have to be more than 25 years old to be sure they are indeed original Corning dishes. I am not sure if the old Pyrex dishes have anything stamped in them that indicates they are made by Corning . You may continue to use the soda lime dishes for holding stuff. Just do not attempt to roast or microwave with them as the hazard is very clear.

The reason the soda lime dishes are dangerous is that over time they
develop micro-cracks. Once a few micro-cracks are present and once some liquid finds its way into the cracks you have the potential bomb situation. Super heated liquids expand rapidly and it is the super heated liquids that force the soda lime glass to shatter into tens of thousands of shards.

It is strongly advised that you not to use the soda lime Pyrex for the oven, stovetop or microwave. The slightest invisible crack is all it takes to have a mess and a possible injury.

World Kitchen is not a USA company.


One Response to “Another reason never to buy anything MADE IN CHINA or ever trust WAL-MART again.”

  1. Cheryl Says:

    This is not TRUE. If you actually go to Snopes & read the entire article you will see the correct explanation. The company is also an American company and pyrex & corning are made in the USA. Only some of their kitchen gadgets are made in China.

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