The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending that consumers not use full-metal jacket ferrous iron, a metal alloy that is often used to make the bullet and bullet components.
The metal alloy is highly flammable and the agency said in a document that it does not recommend its use.
However, it says it does support “alternative metal coatings” for the metal that are “non-toxic, inert, and nontoxic.”
It’s unclear why the FDA is now saying that the metal is not toxic.
The FDA does not regulate the use of full-Metal Jacket ferrous metal.
It has issued guidance for the industry that includes the recommendation to use only the lowest-quality metal coatations and not full-magnetic alloy coatings.
In a press release issued this week, the agency urged companies to consider alternative coatings that can be used to help prevent metal embrittlement, such as the “plasticine” used on bullet jackets.
The agency said this is more “efficient, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly.”
We do not recommend that consumers use this type of coating because the coating can cause the metal to react with the polymer to form more metal fragments, creating a fire hazard.
If the metal fragments do not form metal fragments and are not sufficiently large to cause a fire, the coating may not be effective in preventing metal embrittlement, the FDA said.
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