Originally Posted by auntienays:
I just purchased a custom rubber stamp and didn't like the image so I sent the manufacturer an email. I explained that I planned to use it for cookies and the manufacturer replied that I should NOT use rubber stamps for food. (see below). Have you ever heard this before?
HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE-- If we reprint rubber, it should only be used on paper, cards, or other craft items. Stamping with a rubber stamp is NOT food safe, even if you use a food-grade ink or food coloring, it is the rubber itself that should not be used on food. Rubber dust can be somewhat toxic, it cannot be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and odor of the rubber can transfer to food. I would recommend getting a stamp made of a material that us specifically made to stamp on food (or possibly using a custom-printed "edible image" instead).
I know of very few food-grade stamps, except purportedly those from Sweet Stampen (and a few from Wilton) in the US. Though the Sweet Stampen stamps are made from rubber. As with anything non-food-grade, you should proceed with caution - first get educated about the issues and then make a decision that makes most sense for you.