Originally Posted by paula0712
I agree with mom2twogirlz... I use the vinyl I got from the fabric store. It was in the table cloth section, and the lady told me she didn't think it wasn't food safe, especially because it was meant for covering tables (which we would then place food on). Also, like she said, plastic only releases toxins when heated and we definitely don't do that when rolling fondant. I coated mine in a light layer of shortening, then roll it out between 2 pieces similar to what you would do with the Mat and I get gret results every time!
Lady at Walmart doesn't know what she's talking about.............
Soft vinyl contains phthalates and that's an issue in itself (they're known carcinogens and were removed from teething rings because this), but fact is, vinyl that isn't meant to come into contact with food--and tablecloths are meant to come into contact with PLATES, NOT the actual food--can be made from contaminated sources of re-cycled polyvinyl chloride products. It can contain many things, not the least of which is traces of metal.
You do creates some heat--from friction--when rolling out fondant. How much does it take to "release the toxins"? I don't know.............
Rationalize all you want, but now that you know there is a truly FOOD SAFE vinyl alternative--The Mat--why skimp for want of $15+shipping?
When you know better, do better.