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Forum topic by Azul531 posted 08-01-2014 09:51 PM 1427 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2014 09:51 PM

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I have some kiln-dried Sassafras that I think would make a great cutting board. However, there are lots of reports that it is toxic. On the other hand, there are lots of pictures on this site and elsewhere of Sassafras cutting boards, even some companies selling them… So, I wonder if the lumber is safe, but the roots and bark are toxic? Maybe the kiln-drying gets rid of the toxin, “safrole?” Has anyone figured this out?

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 05:27 AM

While Safrole, found in the root bark of the sassafras tree, is listed as a “sensitizer”, that is, repeated exposure over a long period of time can cause allergic reactions in some people, the potency is rated as quite low. Honestly, I, myself, wouldn’t worry about it as teas, root beer, and molasses have been made from the root extract for millennia, even though the FDA is concerned, but not concerned enough to take any kind of action. ..But keep in mind, that it’s in the root bark, not the wood.

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