Silica gel is a drying agent, meant to remove moisture from an enclosed space. Silica gel packs may be found in boxes containing electronics or new shoes and inside purses or medicine bottles.
The packets contain either granular silicic acid, which resembles sand, or tiny gel beads. Silica gel is non-toxic, meaning that it is not poisonous if eaten.
The package says "DO NOT EAT" because:
Tips to remember for silica gel safety:
For questions about silica gel call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.