The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that some “decorative glitters and dusts” thought to be edible may in fact be unsafe.
“FDA wants you to be aware that some decorative glitters and dusts promoted for use on foods may, in fact, contain materials that should not be eaten,” the FDA said in a statement on its website.
According to the FDA, the sparkly additives are sold over the internet and in stores and are promoted as usable “to decorate foods such as cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops.”
“There are some glitters and dusts that are edible and produced specifically for use on foods,” the FDA statement reads. “These products are made from ingredients that may be safely eaten. But others may not.”
To determine if a glitter is safe to be eaten, the FDA recommends consumers check the labels of the products, as companies that produce edible glitters “are required by law to include a list of ingredients on the label.”
Most edible glitters note that they are edible on their labels, according to the FDA. If the label states that the glitters are only “non-toxic” or says they are for only decorative uses, then consumers should not put the glitter on foods, the FDA warns.