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post #1 of 164
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Please, don't do it.

 

Disco Dust is not an edible product, and it is clearly labeled "For Decorative Use Only."

 

Disco Dust is a fine-grain plastic craft glitter.  It is not food.  It is not to be used on food.  Simply because it is labeled "non-toxic" does not give you license to feed it to people.  Crayons are non-toxic, yet (hopefully) no one serves crayon shavings on cupcakes.  Sharpies are non-toxic, yet (hopefully) no one writes messages on cakes with Sharpies.  

 

Disco Dust is meant to be used on decorative elements that are to be removed from the cake prior to serving, not fed to unsuspecting people who TRUST that you are feeding them 100% safe and edible ingredients.

 

And justifying that you use this because a) other people do it and b) you haven't sickened anyone yet is NOT acceptable. 

 

There are edible alternatives out there.  You can now buy 100% edible, FDA-approved pearlized Crystal Colors from www.sugarpaste.com.  They are made and bottled here in the US.

 

Be professional.  Be educated.  Be ethical.   Just say NO to feeding people Disco Dust! :)

 

The following is a letter from my local health department ordering cessation of the use of Disco Dust on food.  Please read and share.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCO DUST.pdf 35k .pdf file
~ Sherri
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post #2 of 164

bravo

and

i think we should re-think the use of toys and feathers.

 

some toys can be washed

 

but feathers came out of a bird butt--sorry to be so graphic but they did

 

even silk flowers have not been handled as you would a food item--

 

we just have done it so long it kinda seems ok but not really when you think about it

 

wouldn't put it on the baby's cereal so not on the cake to serve countless unknowns

 

if i were in business now i would so use this as my mantra--

 

show how my stuff is as safe as i can make it

 

in my state you can do food sales for farmers markets under certain parameters but that does not allow for decorated cake in my county

 

decorated cake comes under the catering rules because you have a much greater outreach and responsibility with that medium

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post #3 of 164

I think we've already discussed this to the point where we're flogging a deceased equine. Although maybe the health department letter might finally convince some of the people still not otherwise convinced that "non-toxic" does not mean "Good Eats."

 

Moderator: maybe this ought to be arc-welded to the existing Disco Dust thread?

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post #4 of 164
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

oh and i fell madly in love with what koryAK does with her foamcore boards

 

stunning stunning work

 

that's what i'm talking about

 

she will hopefully remind us

 

it's in a recent post of hers

 

so well thought out

 

i will def buy a big cake next time i'm in AK icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

i mispoke

 

i apologize to all

 

it was Blakes Cakes who does this amazingly secure work i referenced

 

 

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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes View Post

I cut my own boards from 3/16" foamcore using a hot knife (electrified X-acto).

 

I don't cover them with anything because I don't want bits of foil, saran, or parchment to come up with the cake after cutting, so I melt some edible soy wax and wipe it on the surface (which I've sanitized using grain alcohol or vanilla extract). Works great--very sturdy.

 

Rae

 

it's like getting a partial license plate number -- i remembered the AK

 

but it was in blAKescakes not koriAK


Edited by -K8memphis - 1/4/13 at 3:29pm
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post #5 of 164

i promise a lot of long time shop owners have no clue about this subject

 

should be broadcast loud and clear

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post #6 of 164
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl View Post

I think we've already discussed this to the point where we're flogging a deceased equine. Although maybe the health department letter might finally convince some of the people still not otherwise convinced that "non-toxic" does not mean "Good Eats."

 

Moderator: maybe this ought to be arc-welded to the existing Disco Dust thread?

 

 

Once you've been a member of this forum for awhile, you'll see that food safety issues NEVER cease to need to be addressed.  One need only look at a few of the recent photos added to the gallery to see that people are indeed still heavily feeding unsuspecting people plastic glitter particles.

~ Sherri
~ Sherri
post #7 of 164
Actually, feathers do NOT come out of birds' butts. Feathers are plucked from the skin of the bird. This fact does not necessarily mean that I think feathers are acceptable items to come in contact with edibles. Guano and eggs come from the butt.

Unfortunately, here on Cake Central we are presented with evidence, every single day, of the fact that health and safety issues need to be addressed on a continuous basis.
post #8 of 164

maybe so Godot

 

in the u.s. our birds have feathers near and sometimes covering their bird hinies and the such and such product thereof oft comes in contact with a portion of said butt feathers--perhaps a u.s. thing

 

u.s. birds have feathered skin all over

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post #9 of 164
Any time that feathers are used ad a decoration (think feather boa, or feathers for sale at the craft shop), they are always cleaned, sterilised, and then coloured. Even white feathers have been dyed.

They don't, of course, pluck the birds and then immediately package the feathers for sale to the general public.
post #10 of 164

very true

 

and sometimes treated with formaldehyde is what i have read

 

but still not something i would want on a piece of my cake or near my food

 

but we tend to do that

 

and brides like to request it

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post #11 of 164

Butt feathers or otherwise, I don't think they should really be on food.
 

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post #12 of 164
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl View Post

I think we've already discussed this to the point where we're flogging a deceased equine. Although maybe the health department letter might finally convince some of the people still not otherwise convinced that "non-toxic" does not mean "Good Eats."

 

Moderator: maybe this ought to be arc-welded to the existing Disco Dust thread?

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I'm not one to cover a cake in disco dust, I've never used it for anything but gumpaste decorations.  Having said that --

 

I think any person who takes a big bite of disco dust deserves the rainbow poo that will follow.  Most people don't eat the fondant or gumpaste anyway let alone when it's covered in sparkles.  Just like (most) people are responsible enough to take off the plastic flotsam that grocery stores throw on their cakes, most people (should) know that if it looks like glitter, peel it off.  Don't just blindly eat whatever is on your plate.  I've eaten worse.  My kids have eaten worse.  The grocery store sells worse and labels it "edible". 

I homeschool because I've seen the village and I don't want it raising my children.

 

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I homeschool because I've seen the village and I don't want it raising my children.

 

http://whynotethiopia2.blogspot.com/

 

 

post #13 of 164

i know a certain certain place owned by a medical professional

 

that uses highlighter to saturate buttercream cakes and discos virtually every cake that goes out the door

 

well except the ones you can see your reflection in

 

edited to say--did i see her blow it off the brush onto the cake--... <wince>

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post #14 of 164

I used it on my It's a Small World cake.  But we cut all the pieces off before eating it. Although I think my bosses kid may have tried to eat one of the pieces....   

post #15 of 164

Sadly Cakepro, you could have handled this a lot better.  She is referring to me and the cake that I posted.  To say that I am unethical in the comment that you left on my cake, is sad, and this is why I tend to shy away from boards.  You could of sent me a message and told me your stance, instead of broadcasting it in a very rude manner.  I don't sit in judgement on how you run your business, nor would I ever.  I am sure if I dug deep enough, I could find where you have probably made a mistake on something you have done before.  However, I would choose a much kinder path and send you a private message. 

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