Food Safe Cutting Board: Thai-Pepper receives USA foodsafety certification - US FDA 21

Thai-Pepper's eco-friendly teak cutting boards has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certification - US FDA 21 CFR175.300: Indirect Food Additives – Adhesives and Components of Coatings.
By: Andre Park
 
 
Foodsafe teak cutting board
Foodsafe teak cutting board
 
June 29, 2011 - PRLog -- Testing was done by SGS laboratories, Thailand. SGS is an independant organization that provides inspection, testing, certification & verification services to ensure that products, services & systems meet quality, safety & performance standards.
There is a lot of speculation about the foodsafety of reclaimed teak. We relied on the professionals to put a stop to all these rumours. We can now claim that our teak wood cutting boards are foodsafe, and we can prove it.
Because food contact on cutting boards is 'incidental', FDA  does not require testing or certification of the boards. But we have gone the extra mile to ensure that our cutting boards are safe. We applied for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certification - US FDA 21 CFR175.300: foodsafety for indirect food contact. And the rsult was 'PASS'!
Being awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) foodsafety certification did not come as a big surprize though. We only use reclaimed teak, foodsafe glue and a foodgrade oil to seal our boards. We use no harmful stains, no toxic sealers and no dangerous lacquers.
One of the most important componants in the manufacturing of a cutting board is the glue that is used. Glue has to be strong enough to withstand shocks, temperature change and humidity, yet it has to be foodsafe. Working hand-in-hand with our suppliers at Titebond, we ensure that no harmful chemicals are present. We obtained a chemical analysis of the glue to ensure it does not contain any lead or mercury.
What follows is a quotation from Titebond: "Specifically, you would like to know the FDA status of our Titebond wood adhesive. We are able to certify that Titebond does comply with the requirements of 21 CFR 175.105, Indirect Food Additives – Adhesives and Components of Coatings.  All the ingredients used in making Titebond are on the FDA approved list of chemicals.   Additionally, we have received legal counsel that supports the applicability of 21 CFR 175.105 Indirect Food Additives to the use of adhesive for fabricating wooden food cutting boards.  
Should you require the FDA report, please feel free to contact me andre@thai-pepper.com
For the complete range of foodsafe teak kitchenware, please visit  http://www.thai-pepper.com

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Thai-Pepper is an eco-manufacturer of teak cutting boards and chopping blocks. We design, develop and manufacture kitchenware to customer specifications.
Situated in Northern Thailand, we only use the finest reclaimed teak in our foodsafe cutting boards.
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