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Can Mixer or Blender blade chip and if you ingest it, what would happen? Personally,  I've never heard of anyone in history dieing from a chipped blender blade, even a microscopic piece of the blade.  
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yes they can and do chip
trouble is dependant on size
if its large enough to effect the esophagus then you could have an issue
die?
kids swallow metallic parts all the time
atleast mine did
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by:Nancy McCullough
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Yes, they *can* chip, but are designed to be as resistant to chipping as possible. You would have to be trying to grind something that is not food to chip those blades...

Could they be ingested? Yes. Could metal have an ill effect on the human body? Yes. Usually, if it doesn't cause a problem going down, it might do some damage coming out. If it is a small enough piece, and the body doesn't completely reject it, you run the risk of associated illnesses depending on the sort of metal. Aluminum has long been known to be associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
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by:Tiras25
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Probably pass right through.

Could nick a bit of your GI tract on the way through, a puncture would be bad.

A "microscopic piece" of the blade would pass through with no noticeable effects.

You might crack a tooth if you bit down very hard on a chip of steel.
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by:Rich Weissler
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Yes, that is a possibility, but minor concern.
http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/Seafood/FishandFisheriesProductsHazardsandControlsGuide/ucm119896.htm

Apparently, if the objects are smaller than 0.3 inches (7mm) they present very minimal threat, except among at risk populations.  Particles smaller than that shouldn't be a problem.
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by:silverkorn
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if there is concern of the blender/mixer breaking then purchasing a quality blender/mixer would be a good step in the right direction. Blendtec makes some very nice, but not cheap, blenders:
http://www.blendtec.com/

and then even show their blenders some unusual items without failure:
http://www.willitblend.com/
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Great input, thank you!
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