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I remember, decades ago, a brief magazine article about "lead in pencils, but not in the lead"; it seems that at the time, some pencil manufacturers were using lead paint on pencils.

 

At any rate, not my problem; as anybody else here who's also on FPN would know, my writing instrument of choice is a fountain pen. And no, I don't have one with food-safe ink in it.

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post #17 of 37

Gosh, IF the hygiene of the TIP of the pencil bothers you - sharpen it before use.... it ensures any 'nasties' are removed with the twist of a blade

 

Have to say I am sitting here shaking my head with all this fuss......   do you know that Americans eat so many foods containing things that are banned in so many other countries.....  like in your MILK  for instance

 

As they say .... Ignorance is BLISS

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PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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post #18 of 37
Lol, true dat!
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post #19 of 37
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Gosh, IF the hygiene of the TIP of the pencil bothers you - sharpen it before use.... it ensures any 'nasties' are removed with the twist of a blade

Just be sure you are using a food-safe pencil sharpener. If any non-food-safe pencils have been used in the sharpener, you'll need to sanitize the sharpener using bleach. The bleach container itself should be sanitized as well, as should the cabinet where the bleach is stored. Of course this should all be done in a negative pressure clean room while wearing biohazard suits to ensure there is no contamination from airborne particles.
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Gosh, IF the hygiene of the TIP of the pencil bothers you - sharpen it before use.... it ensures any 'nasties' are removed with the twist of a blade


Just be sure you are using a food-safe pencil sharpener. If any non-food-safe pencils have been used in the sharpener, you'll need to sanitize the sharpener using bleach. The bleach container itself should be sanitized as well, as should the cabinet where the bleach is stored. Of course this should all be done in a negative pressure clean room while wearing biohazard suits to ensure there is no contamination from airborne particles.

 

OMG....  I think I see a glimpse of humour there Mr Kraft...  surely not??  who'd a thought it possible   hehehehehehee  (sorry THATS my humour!)

AND whilst you are THINKING about all of this 'SAFE, SAFE, SAFE" food practices... how about REALLY thinking about what the US government deems SAFE to be in your food  -  if you produced flour in Singapore the way they are allowed to in the USA you would face a half a million dollar fine and risk gaol time of 15 years.
Yes - you ARE eating it if you are living in the USA (unless you are sourcing it specifically to avoid it)

Bleaching agents... bulking agents  etc ......   BANNED in most countries

The colour used in Mac N Cheese.... Yep - ALSO banned in most countries

 

BUT..... let's worry about the carbon in the 'pencil'

Not wanting to stir a hornets nest here - but just saying .... people worry about 'wire in cake',   using fresh flowers on cakes, writing on cakes with pencil etc etc BUT they could care less WHAT is in the RAW INGREDIENTS they are using.   I say keep up the research.... demand more from your Government.... and THINK about what you are putting into your mouth.... and those of your children !

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PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

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post #21 of 37

personally I don't think this thread should become about nationality or a "look what Americans eat/do" etc etc.

 

LOTS of people eat crap food all around the world. Australians, Singaporeans included -the list goes on. There are chav eaters all over the world. 

 

Also- it's a bit biased and unjust to bring the laws of Singapore vs USA laws into discussion as Singapore has a law for everything (I live here, so I know!)..so that's truly not a fair comparison. At all.  Also it's a country that imports everything practically.

 

All this being said, the love and affection for processed foods, box mixes and high ratio shortening in the US is a bit sad..but there are plenty of Americans who do not eat that junk- and never have. It's a big country. 

 

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personally I don't think this thread should become about nationality or a "look what Americans eat/do" etc etc.

 

LOTS of people eat crap food all around the world. Australians, Singaporeans included -the list goes on. There are chav eaters all over the world. 

 

Also- it's a bit biased and unjust to bring the laws of Singapore vs USA laws into discussion as Singapore has a law for everything (I live here, so I know!)..so that's truly not a fair comparison. At all.  Also it's a country that imports everything practically.

 

All this being said, the love and affection for processed foods, box mixes and high ratio shortening in the US is a bit sad..but there are plenty of Americans who do not eat that junk- and never have. It's a big country. 

 

jmo


You misunderstand - this was not having a go at people who are eating JUNK food

 

It was more to alert people to LOOK at what IS in their food - the supposedly 'natural' foods that they consume daily, THINKING that they are unadulterated.....  LIKE milk !!    or flour !

 

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post #23 of 37

I used to work at McDonalds when I was a teen back in the UK, it amazed me that parents would think they were so high and mighty because they'd order the chicken nuggets for their kids rather than the mad cow hamburgers! 

 

There are a lot of weird contradictions here in the US. I have one friend who is bleach obsessed, yet she would bath her baby in the kitchen sink she does her dishes in. Ew. 

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post #24 of 37
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam View Post

Gosh, IF the hygiene of the TIP of the pencil bothers you - sharpen it before use.... it ensures any 'nasties' are removed with the twist of a blade

 

Have to say I am sitting here shaking my head with all this fuss......   do you know that Americans eat so many foods containing things that are banned in so many other countries.....  like in your MILK  for instance

 

As they say .... Ignorance is BLISS

 

Word.  It's scary the things people think are OK to put in their bodies.  Seriously.   

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It's scary the things people think are OK to put in their bodies.  Seriously.   


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post #26 of 37

I think the OP was just a little overwhelmed in the way he / she presented the topic. It doesn't make it any way silly or worthy of bashing.

 

It's not because people make poor choices in the food they eat that one should just go along and add crap to it. More so when there are alternatives. It's not because there's a bigger evil out there that lesser evils are okay. I've never even heard of people writing on cakes before now.

 

But from some of the replies I see here, some people would have no shame in using rusty tools to make cakes either. Rust is just oxidation of iron metal, we all eat iron in our food, we need iron in our body, it's not toxic.  Yum, rust cake.

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You misunderstand - this was not having a go at people who are eating JUNK food

 

It was more to alert people to LOOK at what IS in their food - the supposedly 'natural' foods that they consume daily, THINKING that they are unadulterated.....  LIKE milk !!    or flour !

 

 

yes I did- sorry about that!

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There is an authority that certifies pencils as being completely non-toxic, from the lead to the wood to the paint on the outside, so you can look for PMA certified if you want to be sure.


Here's the info on that:

 

I'm not going to worry about using a graphite pencil on my cakes.  The general use is on fondant to sketch out a design that will be painted or piped over, and you know how many people don't eat the fondant anyway!

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But from some of the replies I see here, some people would have no shame in using rusty tools to make cakes either. Rust is just oxidation of iron metal, we all eat iron in our food, we need iron in our body, it's not toxic.  Yum, rust cake.

Diamonds are pure carbon. Since humans are made up of carbon and we require carbon to live, it logically follows that diamonds should be perfectly safe to eat.

Seriously though, ingesting small amounts of rust (assuming it is iron oxide) won't hurt you, it takes much more than that to cause iron poisoning.
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Diamonds are pure carbon. Since humans are made up of carbon and we require carbon to live, it logically follows that diamonds should be perfectly safe to eat.

Seriously though, ingesting small amounts of rust (assuming it is iron oxide) won't hurt you, it takes much more than that to cause iron poisoning.

 

I wish I was rich enough to indulge in a diamond dinner, my plumber would freak out. And yes any health authority will tell you there is absolutely no problem with drinking rusty water from old pipes. You still wouldn't catch me dead using anything with rust on it in the kitchen. I'll go out of my way to replace something as simple as a plastic ruler into a stainless steel one, but I'm probably a minority.

 

I just think that the " there's worst out there, so what's the problem " is not a right way of thinking. To me it's like tossing a piece of garbage in the street because " 1 piece of garbage won't pollute the planet ". That's really my point, but I'm not on CC to preach to anyone. I just think the OP had a valid point. You could replace the word " pencil " with many more objects in different threads.

 

It's okay if some people don't agree with the OP, but it doesn't make it a frivolous post.

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