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My wife just bought this pan and I noticed this weird dark/black spot in the center with a bit of a swirl around it (never mind the brownish tint, this is due to my flax oil seasoning).

I don't care much about the looks, I'm just worried this might be unhealthy to cook in. Does anyone know what that might be?

cast iron pan

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    Did this stain appear after seasoning it? Your seasoning looks quite thick and uneven, so it might even be some impurity that got stuck while seasoning.
    – user141592
    Nov 28, 2020 at 13:57
  • @Johanna It was definitely there before I season it, including the swirling marks Nov 28, 2020 at 22:57
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    In that case, regardless of if it's safe or mot, I would request a replacement from the store you bought if from. You're unlikely to get a smooth surface regardless of how much you season it and the seasoning will most likely just flake off around the swirl marks.
    – user141592
    Nov 29, 2020 at 7:31
  • @Johanna Please feel free to add your comment in an answer so I could mark it as solved Nov 29, 2020 at 19:31

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From Johanna in the comments section:

In that case, regardless of if it's safe or mot, I would request a replacement from the store you bought if from. You're unlikely to get a smooth surface regardless of how much you season it and the seasoning will most likely just flake off around the swirl marks.

Turning the helpful comment given into an answer as comments are temporary.

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