If you’re considering glitzing up your vacation baking with some food shine, or including a shimmer to your New Year’s Eve mixed drink, health authorities have a caution for you: Not all “ornamental” food flashes are safe to consume.

On Friday (Dec. 14), the Fda alerted customers that some ornamental flashes and cleans that are promoted for usage on foods might really consist of components that ought to not be consumed.

However worry not, shine fans, there are some really edible flashes out there. However how can you inform which flashes are safe to utilize to embellish your deals with?

The FDA states that edible flashes and dust items are needed by law to note their components. Such edible components usually consist of sugar, acacia (gum arabic), maltodextrin, cornstarch, and color ingredients particularly authorized for food usage, such as mica-based pearlescent pigments, the FDA states.

Another thing you ought to watch out for is the word “edible.” A lot of edible flashes and cleans will state “edible” on the label, the FDA states. If an item just states “non-toxic” and does not consist of a components list, you should not consume it, the FDA states.

If you do pick to utilize non-edible items as food decors, make certain to eliminate these decors prior to serving and consuming the food, the FDA notes.

Initially released on Live Science