Christmas 2018: Glitter on Your Festive Cake May Not Be Edible
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New York, December 25:  It is Christmas and people across are in their celebratory mood. The final festive of the year is observed with much enthusiasm by families and friends gathering at the dinner table. Apart from the merry decorations, individuals are busy by paying their final attention to the delicious recipes including the flavoured Christmas cake. Talking about that, are you planning to use decorative glitter and dust on your 2018 Christmas cake? Christmas 2018 Fruit Cake Recipes: Relish the Popular Traditional Dessert This Festival Season. 

If so, take note. Some of them are not meant to be eaten, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned. While some of the glitter and dust is produced specifically for use on foods including sugar, acacia (gum arabic), maltodextrin, cornstarch and are edible, others are not. In addition, certain colour additives are specifically approved for food use. Edible glitter and dust are required by law to have a list of ingredients on the label. Know How to Wish Merry Christmas & Send Happy Holidays Greetings in Spanish, French and Other Languages. 

Most edible glitter and dust are labelled as "edible". If the label says "non-toxic" or "for decorative purposes only" and does not include an ingredient list, not using the product on foods is advisable, the FDA suggested. Is Santa Claus Real or Not?

Hence, it is advisable to check the label of any decorative product in foods at the bakery, the FDA said in a statement.  Removing the decorations before serving and eating the food is a must if they are not edible. According to FDA, if you are shopping online for glitter and dust products for foods, ask the seller to provide ingredient information from the manufacturer, Health Day reported. (With inputs from IANS)