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Are the silver shot decorating balls safe to eat?

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The small silver ball decorations sold for cake decorating are labeled "for decorative purposes only." The balls have a thin wash of silver on them and since silver is not considered a nutritive substance by law, it must be labeled as such. While you wouldn't want to make a steady diet of them, an occasional one is not harmful.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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