Can Kitchen Knives Cause Cancer?

Cheyenne, WY — The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) defines food contact materials as “all materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, such as packaging and containers, kitchen equipment, cutlery and dishes. These can be made from a variety of materials including plastics, rubber, paper and metal.”

The devastating health effects of the dangerous chemicals commonly found in kitchen utensils, such as knives, have systemically gone unnoticed by the general public. However, the European Union has taken decisive steps towards protecting unsuspecting citizens from companies who, for so many years, have carelessly used questionable, cheap materials, like nickel, to manufacture their products.

In fact, nickel, a chemical element which is widely used in stainless steel alloys, has drawn the attention of European Union officials, who made extensive references to its role as a hazardous substance in the legislative measures concerning the regulation of manufacturing and trade of stainless steel.

The Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC) (DSD) classifies nickel as a skin allergen, while it highlights the correlation found between nickel exposure and the development of cancer. As a result, the DSD dictates that all stainless steel alloys that contain more than 1% of nickel should carry warnings stating the aforementioned health hazards.

However, as the market is flooded with products originating from countries with poor quality control standards, and minimal regulation of the use of dangerous substances in all kinds of products, including cookware, unbeknownst to them, consumers are often exposed to nickel on a daily basis.

The DSD advises that all new food contact materials made of stainless steel and nickel alloys should be boiled prior to their first use, as a preventative measure. All the same, the directive hints that this practice may soon become inadvisable, in light of the awaited results of testing that is currently being conducted by European scientists, which might lead to a complete ban of the use of nickel in any kind of food contact materials – including knives.

Nevertheless, nickel is not the only health risk factor associated with kitchen utensils. Joints and rivets, which usually make for prominent design features on knife handles, are serious sources of infection, as they harbor thousands of bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms that rapidly accumulate with everyday use.

Excalibur Chefs, the Wyoming-based company specializing in high-end, yet affordable kitchen cutlery, designed its flagship product, the Stainless Steel Hypoallergenic Sanitary 8″ Chef Knife, after having conducted a thorough overview of the scientific literature on food contact materials, as well as the regulative measures for stainless steel production, which are set forth in publications from some of the most eminent health safety authorities in the world.

As a result, the Stainless Steel Hypoallergenic Sanitary 8″ Chef Knife is completely free of nickel, while its single-cast designed effectively prevents the aggregation of microbial populations.

Virtually eliminating the risk factors associated with run-of-the-mill cutlery, the Excalibur Chef Stainless Steel Hypoallergenic Sanitary 8″ Chef Knife is setting a high standard of excellence, while, in light of a potential ban of nickel and stainless steel alloys, the Excalibur Chef Stainless Steel Hypoallergenic Sanitary 8″ Chef Knife is sure to stand the test of time, and quickly dominate the kitchen utensils market.

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