I was accused of being "arrogant" early on in this thread. "Less than diplomatic" would have been more accurate. :)
But speaking of arrogance...isn't it a little arrogant to assume that one has the level of education necessary to declare that DD passes through the system intact with no ill effects to any human beings...effectively declaring oneself smarter than all of the professionals in the FDA, and thus deciding to disagree with the FDA and feed plastic to the public?
DD is not food. It is plastic. Professionals have a duty to not feed the public plastic. Enough said. :)
And in reference to the deleted comments, I would like to state that I attacked no one. I told someone that her cake was gorgeous, but DD is not edible and should not be fed to her customers. She replied (to paraphrase) that she has no problem with it. I then stated that to continue to use DD is unethical and professional. I did not state that SHE was unethical, unprofessional, or say anything about her as a person. I advised her that the practice of feeding people plastic was unethical and unprofessional.
And it is.
It is likewise unethical and unprofessional to continue to put poisonous flowers on cakes once one has learned that the flowers are poisonous.
It is unethical and unprofessional to knowingly place non-food-grade or non-medical-grade wires in cakes.
It is unethical and unprofessional to knowingly hold cakes with perishable fillings at room temperature for greater than 4 hours.
It is unethical and unprofessional to place images printed with regular, toxic printer ink on cakes (one of my own students told me that she had been buying wafer paper and printing images from her regular printer for her family's cakes for years )
It is unethical and unprofessional for bakers to re-ice clients' cakes that their cute little pooch or kitty has licked half the icing off of (yes, I've seen people post they've done this more than once here).
It is unethical and unprofessional to work on cakes while you are sick with an infectious disease or illness (people post on here how sick they are with the flu but they're slogging through all their cake orders anyway).
If you have a business and you feed the public and you engage in any of these practices KNOWINGLY then I will tell you that your practices are unethical and unprofessional.
If you have a business, you should heed the admonitions of your colleagues before your health inspector shows up and enters those violations onto a permanent record for your business or God forbid, you actually harm someone!
I remember when I learned that DD was plastic. My immediate reaction was, "Oh $#!%! Who did I feed that to??" It just shocks me when people who learn about food safety issues react with, "Oh pish-posh, I haven't killed anyone yet, I've seen so-and-so do it on TV, so I'll just keep on doing it." These are the justifications people have used for years here and in other forums. I don't have a lot of tolerance for people who so arrogantly decide they know better than medical professionals and public health authorities.
Enough rambling. I've gotta get rolling on these cakes or I will be up all night! :)