Pyrex responds to story on bakeware safety

World Kitchen, the maker of Pyrex products, made a statement in reply to a story on Good Morning America” about safety concerns regarding glass bakeware. The story said that the US Consumer Product Sa…

World Kitchen, the maker of Pyrex products, made a statement in reply to a story on Good Morning America” about safety concerns regarding glass bakeware. The story said that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nearly 12,000 people were injured by glass bakeware over a decade-long period. That figure includes injuries from dropping glass and breaking it but also from bakeware that shattered on its own. In the statement World Kitchen said its goal in manufacturing Pyrex glass bakeware was and always has been to make a safe product. “There are hundreds of millions of pieces of Pyrex glass bakeware dishes in use, and the percentage of breakage reported in federal injury data and consumer complaints is very small; in fact, well below 1%”. “According to federal injury statistics, consumers are far more likely to be injured by dropping glass bakeware than by breakage caused by abrupt temperature changes. Tempered soda lime is, as acknowledged in the Consumer Reports article, more resistant to impact breakage”. World Kitchen said it believed that manufacturing a product that protects consumers from the far more likely cause of potential injury associated with glass breakage is responsible and appropriate. “For more than 60 years Pyrex glass bakeware manufactured at the Charleroi, Pennsylvania plant has been of a heat strengthened (tempered) soda lime glass composition”. “We work to provide consumers with the clearest guidance, and we update our warnings and labelling on an ongoing basis to help consumers avoid misuse. The most common causes of thermal breakage can be avoided by following four simple rules as noted on our packaging”.