Logic suggests Food Contact Glitter is found in The Edibles department but it is not actually classed as "edible".
Cake Stuff have always stocked edible and food contact glitters but there's been a lot of controversy (and confusion) over the past year or two regarding cake glitters, lustres and dusts - largely caused by certain people incorrectly calling the products "edible glitter". So even although you'll see Kirsty Allsop, The Hairy Bakers, Nigella Lawson, the folk from the Great British Bake-Off and just about every other TV chef sprinkling them on to cakes and cupcakes, it is important to be aware of the differences between "edible" and "non-toxic" glitters.
Cake Stuff have been working with the Food Standards Agency over the past couple of years and are delighted to report that the FSA has now offered at least some clarity on the situation.
We feel that if we try summarise or paraphrase the FSA advice, we may unintentionally add to the confusion by using different terminology, missing out a word etc so we have decided to summarise the main points below in the broadest terms and to refer our customers to the FSA website where they can see the full information for themselves. The FSA have presented this in a fairly simple Q&A style format, so it's not difficult to follow. We would advise all customers who make cakes as part of a business (even if a part-time or home business) to read this information.
The FSA website advice on cake glitters can be visited by clicking here.
Here's the Cake Stuff summary - this is our interpretation of the regulations offered purely as broad guidance . . .
We hope this helps clarify the position. For more detailed information please click here to see the FSA's "Guidance launched in edible glitters and dusts"
Cake Stuff recommends Rainbow Dust . . . quite probably the best range of edible and food-contact cake glitters and glitter dusts you can buy today - and they're made in the UK!
Compared to other brands like Gemz and EdAble Art, many customers have told us Rainbow Dusts are much better, have a more brilliant "sparkle" and most are not water soluble, so won't dissolve if they come into contact with moist icing.
Rainbow Dusts glitters are cut by laser to give each tiny particle a prismatic surface which catches the light for a breathtaking effect. Please experiment with colours and add a new shade or two to your collection each time you visit as the pots will last for ages.
PLEASE NOTE not all Rainbow Dust pots have seals but, where they do, can we ask you to not the following? . . .
our picking teams here at Cake Stuff are taught to check-tighten every lid of every product when packing your order - this may occasionally mean we break a paper sticker-seal if we come across a loose lid. Please regard this is a good sign (ie that we tightened a loose lid to prevent spillage) as opposed to something sinister in that the seal has been moved or torn. The seals are really there for retail shops - to discourage customers from opening lids. We don't have that problem here and seals are in no way a legal requirement, so please understand why occasionally one may appear torn.
As you browse through the Rainbow Dusts, please be sure you are purchasing the correct product as we cannot accept the return of edible or food-contact items (even if unopened) for food safety reasons. This does not affect your statutory rights.
Please remember colours shown on this site are limited by photography and shades may appear to vary on different PC monitors.