howdy, i'm making serving trays for a caterer and need to make them
food safe. what product...ie varnish, shallac, etc. should i use?
i've looked at all the product label info and cant find the info i
This is an interesting topic. Essentially all finishes are "food safe"
They should be allowed to cure at least 30 days before use. It cost a fair
amount of money to comply with the FDA regulations in this area so very few
manufacturers do so. Lead is no longer used as a catalytic drier in
finishes. The issue is not so much food contact as actually ingesting the
finish. This is where I part company with some nationally recognized
experts in the field. To me, "food safe" should also mean capable of being
ingested. That is not the meaning in current usage.
To answer your question, use a finish that will stand up to the various
foods, and their attendant acidity, that might be placed on it. I suggest
something that forms a film so residual food debris does not remain behind
after washing. Varnish is not a bad choice. If you are really into it, you
could even use an epoxy finish. I don't think lacquer and shellac will
stand up to repeated usage, especially wipe downs.
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