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I recently I came across a great little pamphlet of finishing “Bob Flexner’s Finishing Facts”. I must say as a very novice finisher it did quite a bit to educate and clarify. Best of all it removed quite a bit of myth’s and replaced them with facts.
For me the most informative is the section on Food Safe Finishes. In that Section he cites Title 21, Part 175 of the Code of Federal Regulations, so you can check it out for yourself!!!!
In the article Mr Flexner states the following
“In fact, all ingredients used in common finishes, including metallic driers, are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for food contact as long as the finish is made so it cures properly. Lead and Mercury are, of course, not on this list. But, neither Lead nor Mercury is used in common finishes anymore”
He then goes on to say the following:
“In spite of the fact that no health problems have ever been reported, woodworkers and ,especially woodturners, continue to worry themselves about the food safety of finishes. This has resulted in many wooden objects receiving inferior, non curing mineral or vegetable oil finishes.”
Please make up your own minds about what you feel is safe. Believe me I really don’t care what you decide is best for your own personal use.
Again, this IS NOT a forum for your own personal Political Views!!!! If you have a problem with the FDA or if You Love the FDA please feel free to write your own blog and tackle that topic. But as far as this thread goes leave the politics out. I am only sharing information from a a source I found and am in no way advocating for or against the FDA or any other Government Entity. If you respect this I will respect You!
-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!