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#1 posted 01-28-2013 11:35 PM

I think the definition of “food safe” is going to depend on what you have left once the finish/paint has fully cured. My guess is that if I slapped lacquer on a cutting board and allowed it to fully dry, the amount of actual “stuff” on the board will be quite small. Such a small amount that munching on it wouldn’t be harmful.

On the other hand, I don’t think I’d be fully comfortable munching on lacquer. Or poly. Or varnish. For cutting boards I’ll stick with mineral oil.

Besides, I’d think that on a cutting board you’d wear off the finish awfully fast with knives cutting into it all the time. Seems easier just to use mineral oil.

Dallas: You make an excellent point about the possibility of lead in coatings that come from overseas. I think it’s fairly rare that this happens but I too have read that it does happen. I believe there were concerns some years ago that some imported toys had been painted with paint that had lead levels way above the allowed maximum.

If I was painting a baby crib I would probably see if I could get the paint tested for lead levels before using it. It doesn’t take much of a nasty chemical, especially lead, to have to harmful effects on a baby. And as you pointed out, babies chew on everything.

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