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Dec 19, 2009 09:39 AM

Are dragees banned in Florida??

I'm trying to figure out if dragees are legally banned in Florida. The reason I ask is that an online purveyor told me that they are "outlawed", yet my local store does carry them (at $14 a pop which is part of the reason I turned to the internet for a cheaper price) and there are other online stores that seem to sell to Florida. I did a search on the Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services websites finding nothing about dragees. Anyone have a definitive answer?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. It was my belief that they were outlawed, but are not anymore. They do now state on the jars that they are not edible.

    I just ordered some from Amazon last month...

    1. From another thread here, it seems that they're now illegal in California. I hope it's not a trend.

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      1. re: bushwickgirl

        Have you tried ordering from Beryl's. She has a great online catalog with a huge selection at fairly reasonable prices. I see nothing about them being outlawed in Florida.

        1. re: gardencub

          Beautiful dragees here! (thanks for the rec)

          (Why are they there a pastry police now?)

          1. re: Funwithfood

            I just tried to get some here in Northern CA. I must be be behind the times because I too was told they've been outlawed for a couple years now. Like you I wondered too. I was told something about children choking. The thought I had was that they might break teeth and perhaps there was a lawsuit.

            1. re: Funwithfood

              Acccording to the FDA there are trace amounts of silver (metal) and can be considered toxic at certain levels. FDA has declared them as "non-edible" and must have a warning.

              California they can't be sold because of a lawsuit in 2003.
              Here's the reason:

              Bottom line seems to be they shouldn't be sold as a "food product" but only as an "in-edible decoration".

              1. re: monku

                thanks for that educated answer, I came up with the breaking of teeth because they are so darn hard, and the person at the store said gave me the info about the choking. thanks! interesting.

                1. re: monku

                  i used to love to crunch on those things!

                  trace silver ain't gonna kill anyone. but let's not keep self-important lawyers and the nanny state from doing their jobs, shall we?

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Let's send attys a bottle of dragees for Christmas...and just hope! :)

                2. re: Funwithfood

                  I find all kinds of cool things at Beryl's. I can't wait to try some of the chocolate transfer sheets.

            2. california has a ban on them -- i forget the reason. if a local shop in florida is selling them, then they are legal there (i'm presuming this is not some nefarious cooking store). only california as far as i know has this ban. they ban lots of things for very arcane reasons.

              1. Illegal or not, it seems to me that dragees have always had a "non-edible" warning label on them. I've certainly seen said label on dragee containers. I remember my Mom telling me that they were for decoration only and not edible, back in the '60s.

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                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  back then it probably had massive amounts of lead in the coating!

                  1. re: GenevieveCa

                    what evidence is there of any such thing?