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Mar 5, 2013 08:46 AM

Made soup with paper label left on a pepper

I have some soup cooking in a crockpot. I just mixed it and saw that I accidentally left the paper label on a piece of paper. It seems to be a faded purple at this point - obviously some of the ink has seeped into the soup. Would you eat the soup or toss? Why there has to be paper on our vegetables I don't know!

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  1. Eat it. Not enough ink or whatever to cause any distress.

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      1. i certainly wouldn't toss the soup--just fish the label out.

        when i saw the title i thought, well that is a new variation on stone soup ;)

        1. I think it makes a funny story and it will not harm you in any way. The stickers put on vegetables have to be inert in order for the USDA to allow them to be stuck to food. I am sure you are not the first person to do this.

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          1. re: John E.

            Thanks everyone. It has occurred to me that I've likely eaten plenty of ink and not known it. John - you make a good point that they are probably safer than your average sticker since they are on our food. I wouldn't have thought twice if it was in a stir fry or something but I really simmered the label well!

            1. re: Aimee

              I just thought of all of the movie and TV shows I have seen where someone crumples up a piece of paper and eats it so somebody else can't have it. Of course that's just acting so I suppose they didn't really swallow the paper.

              1. re: John E.

                I ate a lot of paper as a kid. I'm not sure I can say I haven't suffered any ill effects because of it.... >.>

                I'd say the sticker is no big deal. :)

          2. Of course I'd eat it.

            1. I wouldn't worry, even the glue used is food grade.