Don’t eat glitter, FDA warns: How to tell when the sparkly substance is actually edible

It may look tempting, but that sparkly glitter on top of a freshly baked cupcake, cookie or other tasty treats may not be safe to eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) re-issued the warning Friday, reminding consumers that “some decorative glitters and dusts promoted for use on foods may, in fact, contain materials … Continue reading “Don’t eat glitter, FDA warns: How to tell when the sparkly substance is actually edible”

It may look tempting, but that sparkly glitter on top of a freshly baked cupcake, cookie or other tasty treats may not be safe to eat.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) re-issued the warning Friday, reminding consumers that “some decorative glitters and dusts promoted for use on foods may, in fact, contain materials that should not be eaten.”

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Many of the decorative glitters and dust — which are sometimes labeled as luster dust, disco dust, twinkle dust, sparkle dust, highlighter, shimmer powder, pearl dust, or petal dust, according to the FDA — can be found both online and at bakery or craft stores.

While some of these are safe to consume, others are not, especially if “the label simply says ‘non-toxic’ or ‘for decorative purposes only’ and does not include an ingredients list,” the FDA said.

To tell if a glitter or dust is safe to eat, look for labeling that clearly states the product is edible or see if it contains certain ingredients such as acacia (gum arabic), sugar, cornstarch and certain color additives, among other safe-to-eat components.

While the agency didn’t detail the health risks of eating non-edible glitter, Zhaoping Li, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at UCL, previously told Eater it’s best to avoid the substance, especially those who have pre-existing gastrointestinal issues.

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“Non-toxic glitter may not kill you, but don’t eat it,” Li said. “At least not regularly or large quantities.”

The warning follows a similar one posted by the FDA in November and comes as the “glitter trend” has apparently taken over aspects of the food industry, MarketWatch reported in May. In fact, in 2014, some people were reportedly swallowing “glitter pills” in the hopes the substance would make their poop sparkle.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

PETA criticized for equating ‘anti-animal’ language with racism and homophobia

PETA's request to replace "anti-animal" language" in everyday conversation was met with ridicule and criticism after the animal rights group compared popular meat-related expressions to racism and homophobia.

“Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon,” PETA said Tuesday in a tweet.

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” it added.

In a graphic, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals offered several alternatives to "speciesist" phrases.

Instead of “kill two birds with one stone," say “feed two birds with one scone.” "Take the bull by the horns” should be replaced with “take the flower by the thorns" and instead of "bring home the bacon," say "bring home the bagels"

Some on Twitter weren’t sold on the idea, with some arguing that PETA was equating animal abuse with race and gender issues.

Others came up with their own phrases.