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All finishes made after 1972 are food-safe when cured properly. This process can take several weeks after a film has formed. We recommend adding a couple days beyond the products label’s recommendation to allow for temperature and humidity variations. A good rule of thumb is 30 days.
Most folks are concerned about metallic dryers put into oils to speed curing. These are so miniscule in amount that they are not a worry.
As far as we know, there is no finish on the market that has been approved by the FDA as food-safe.
Finishes Salad Bowl Finish:
This product is very similar to another General Finishes
product, Arm-R-Seal. Made from boiled linseed oil and urethane, it creates a
film finish that once cured is safe. We would recommend it for use as a salad
bowl finish and for similar use items. Don’t use it for cutting boards if they
are intended for chopping or cutting.
Food Grade Mineral Oil:
Mineral oil (sometimes
called liquid paraffin) is a non-toxic, non-drying product derived from
petroleum that is colorless, odorless, and flavorless. Its properties prevent
water absorption, which makes food-grade mineral oil a popular choice for
wooden kitchen items such as wooden spoons, bowls, and, of course, cutting
boards and butcher blocks. The key word here is food-safe, as there are types
of mineral oils that are not safe for human consumption; these are often used
as lubricants for machinery or found in auto or hardware stores.
This is the most food-safe of all finishes. It needs to be melted to apply.
Beeswax & Mineral Oil Mix:
This mix is a very popular way to protect your
project. Typically called butcher block conditioner or something similar, it is
available in a wide variety of products on the market, each with a different
mix of oil and wax.
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