Some people have claimed that nickel is unsafe to use in flatware (i.e. cutlery) - Example 1, Example 2.

Indeed, nickel is a carcinogen (Ref 1, Ref 2).

Is it safe to use nickel-plated flatware?

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    Has anyone claimed it is dangerous? We want to focus our attention on doubtful claims that are widely held or are made by notable people, rather than just speculation. Please provide some references to places where this claim is being made.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 27, 2011 at 6:44
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    Agreed, please show us some that someone is actually claiming that as this looks like mere speculation.
    – Sklivvz
    Aug 27, 2011 at 9:18
  • Also nickel silver (usually used on flatware) is different than pure nickel. The concern regarding toxicity is mainly aimed towards industrial workers that are exposed to nickel every day.
    – Nostrum
    Aug 27, 2011 at 14:30
  • Some people are allergic to nickel. mayoclinic.com/health/nickel-allergy/DS00826 Aug 28, 2011 at 6:02
  • @Nostrum: Aren't you exposed to cutlery every day? :) But well - we're eating with flatware, not eating the flatware. Aug 28, 2011 at 14:40


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