Be Advised! Pebeo Porcelaine paints are NOT food safe
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Way too many sellers are saying 'food safe' in their descriptions of painted plates. I emailed Pebeo.com and got this response:
Thanks for your interest in our product.
Our products Porcelaine 150 and Vitrea 160, although not containing heavy
metal (lead…) and validating the norm EN71 for toy, aren’t “food contact”
products. The plates and other objects of use wich are used or exposed to
food should not be painted.
Paint can be applied on decoratives surfaces wich are not intended to be in
contact with food or beverage.
We wish you will enjoy using our product anyhow.
The customer service
These paints are really fun and I'm not saying don't use them, just that if it's on a plate, the seller should disclose that it is not food safe. After the recent craft article by Etsy, it seems the impression was that this is a perfectly safe paint to eat of of. It is not.
Posted at 9:47 am Mar 11, 2010 EST
it is also a buyer's choice to be educated. I, personally, will not consider any handpainted ceramic item to BE food safe. Kiln fired, totally different.
but while it is important for sellers to be honest and totally transparent, it is also important for buyers to have a clue what they are actually buying.
Posted at 10:39 am Mar 11, 2010 EST
I used the product when it first came out and called the company. They were very nice and informative. I was painting wine glasses. They said not to paint all the way to where the mouth will touch the glass.
I have fused glass items that are all glass and not painted...those are food safe. It is good to do your homework.
Posted at 10:46 am Mar 11, 2010 EST
What? If I walk into a store and buy a plate and it says food safe I believe it. If I come to etsy to buy a plate and it says food safe I would expect it to be so as well. I think sometimes we put entirely too much burden on our customers. Customers trust Sellers to know of what they speak. They shouldn't have to do extra homework.
Etsy on the other hand SHOULD be doing its homework easpecially when it goes about promoting things. :/
Posted at 1:48 pm Mar 11, 2010 EST