Uses: As a food additive, Gold is used solely for external decoration where it can be found on chocolate confectionery, in the covering of dragées and the decoration of sugar-coated flour confectionery.
Chemically, gold is very inactive and therefore virtually harmless, however as there is no dietary requirement it is maybe best avoided.
Not permitted in Australia.
Description: Four countries, South Africa, Russia, the United States, and Australia, account for two-thirds of the gold produced annually throughout the world, (South Africa, with its vast Witwatersrand mines, produces about one-third of the world's gold) with Canada and Brazil also having substantial deposits.
There are numerous methods of recovery depending on the type of deposit.