Glittergate – All you need to know about “edible” glitter

After a contestant on one of our favourites programs, The Great British Bake Off, brought to light the dilemma of whether a glitter used to decorate cupcakes was truly edible, the cake world has descended into chaos and confusion! So we thought we’d shed a little light on the matter and try to clear up any misunderstandings on one of the industry’s most used products…

The issue…

In recent guidelines on edible glitter and dust, the FSA have now decided that in order for a product to be sold as “edible” the ingredients must all be digested by the body. They have recommended that non-toxic glitter be used on cakes for decorative purposes only and should not be intended for consumption.

In most cases cake glitters are in fact non-digestible so can no longer be described as “edible”. While the majority of glitters on the market are non-toxic and will not cause any harm to anyone eating them, there are a number of products available out there that are misleading in their marketing and description. So it is important to find out the ingredients of a glitter before purchasing – these should be readily available from your supplier so don’t hesitate to check with them if you can’t see anything outlining this.

Our products…

For this reason we have reclassified the glitters we sell as “non-toxic”, so as not to mislead our customers, and avoid any confusion.

The glitters we sell are made by EdAble Art. Certification from Trading Standards of the EdAble Art glitters’ safety is freely available and the company works hard to keep up to date with new regulations and legislation.

So, to put it plainly, while the products are not considered to be a food item under The Food Safety Act 1990 they can be consumed without injurious effects and Trading Standards results indicate that the range of glitters is safe for consumption.

Please be assured that there is no threat to health in eating our glitters on a cupcake or as decoration on a cake, as they are intended, in small amounts. They’re made up of two materials known as Mica (E555) and Titanium Dioxide (E171), both of which are permitted additives, as outlined by the FSA.

We’ll do our very best to keep up to date with any changes to classifications and regulations of any of the products we sell and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know about anything and everything we find!

Our experience…

We have supplied and used these glitters to pretty up our cakes for a number of years without ever having experienced any problems. Lots of other companies in the industry use them and as far as we are aware, there have been no incidents of anyone suffering as a result of using them.

While we think EdAble Art glitter is safe to eat in small amounts, we also feel it is our responsibility to let you know as much as possible about it and give you the latest news on the subject, as well as our honest opinion. So you can decide whether you’d like to use it or not!

More information…

For more information on the subject please see the FSA’s recent article on edible glitter and dust guidelines HERE

An article on the moment the issue was brought to light HERE!

And, of course, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you’d like any more clarification on our products and what you should/shouldn’t be using.

We hope this helps make things a little clearer. Together we can get over Glittergate!

Jenny x



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