Food Safety Issues/Aluminum Glassware

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Question
A catalog I got recently has aluminum glassware in it. They are retro like the ones cottage cheese came in from the 50''s or 60's.
Are they safe for us to drink from?

Answer
Here's what I found from researching your question Robert. It's a great question."Although there continue to be questions concerning relationship between aluminum containers and cookware, and Alzheimer's disease, there has been no definitive research to substantiate these claims. For this reason, the Alzheimer's Association refers to the assertion that aluminum causes Alzheimer's as a myth. Therefore aluminum tumblers are safe options for beverage ware."

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_8773523_aluminum-tumblers-safe.html

older glassware is another story because of potentially toxic coatings. "Some aluminum tumblers that may be left over from years past could possibly have coatings or paints that might not be safe by today's standards. Any chipped or flaking coatings could be problematic, especially if you are not familiar with the content of the coating or paint. Make sure the tumbler is aluminum. Some drink ware such as items made of pewter and galvanized metal could be unsafe because lead and zinc can leach from these metals when acid drinks such as lemonade are kept in them for long periods of time. Select new aluminum tumblers from retailers that specialize in housewares."

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_8773523_aluminum-tumblers-safe.html

bottom line Robert...new retro ones are safe...and cool!

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I can answer food safety questions relative to food processing, retail food and food salvage after a catastrophic event such as a hurricane, flood, ammonia leak or fire. Questions related to HACCP, Regulatory, GFSI, SQF, BRC, liability issues, contamination events, pest infestation, pest control methodology,food safety defense, pathogen prevention such as L. Monocytogenes control in food processing and retail, any subject related to food safety including at home issues.

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30 years experience as a food safety consultant working for the top food processors, food retailers and insurance companies that write liability policies related to food processing, storage and distribution. My firm employees 6 full time food safety auditors. I work for top law firms throughout the USA and am a staff consultant for Douglas Peterson and Associates, one of the top forensic engineering firms in the world. I also work with Risk Solutions International, a global leader in risk management.

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New York State Association for Food Protection, past president, executive board Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials

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Progressive Grocer Magazine Smart Money Magazine Private Label Buyer Magazine Supermarket News Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine Food Service Director Magazine NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Report NYS Association for Food Protection Newsletter

Education/Credentials
Syracuse University, Microbiology/Biology NYS College of Environmental Sciences, Plant and Environmental Biology Cornell University, Food and Dairy Processing

Awards and Honors
Wm. Hickey Award (2006), NYS Association for Food Protection, for contributions in the field of food safety and sanitation New York State Integrated Pest Management Award (2007), NYS Assoc. for Food Protection, for contributions in the filed of integrated pest management.

Past/Present Clients
Pillsbury, Agri-Mark, Associated Grocers, Beatrice Foods, Cargill, Southern Cold Storage, Quaker, Ben & Jerry’s, Delverde Pasta (Italy), New York Bakery, Cabot Cheese, Hazelwood Farms, General Mills, Price Chopper Supermarkets, P&C Supermarkets, Great American Supermarkets, Tops Markets, Big M Supermarkets, Big Bear Supermarkets, Frito-Lay Distribution Centers, IBP, Excell, Eckerd Drugs, Rite Aid Drug Stores, Fay’s Drugs, Carl’s Drugs, AWI Wholesale Food Distribution, McLane Food Distributors, Golub Food Distribution, many supermarket chains (many include large scale specialty food service operations), Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Darden Foods (Red Lobster, Olive Garden), LSG Skychefs (Germany, US), Glen Mills Schools, Cornell University, Crider Poultry, Caesar’s Palace, The Oneida Indian Nation, Taylor Meat Packing, UCB Packaging Films

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