Disposable tableware poses health risk
By Zhang Feng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-03 05:45
are widely used in plastic disposable tableware, posing a serious health
hazard, experts have warned. [China Daily]
However, the investigation found that polypropylene makes up only half the
amount of raw materials, mainly because it is far more expensive.
One ton of polypropylene costs 11,000 yuan (US$1,300) while the same quantity
of unsafe materials are available for less than 2,000 yuan (US$240).
Dong said that in the more than 100 enterprise places he visited in Tianjin
and Shanghai municipalities and Henan and Liaoning provinces, 60 per cent of the
products are not suitable for human use.
Laggard market supervision, light punishment for violators and poor
co-ordination between different departments involved in quality control are the
main reasons for the present situation, Dong said.
Chinese consume about 6.5 billion pieces of disposable plastic tableware
The quality control authorities have recently intensified the drive to ensure
safety of food-related products.
Plastic food wrappers containing a dangerous material DEHA were banned
nationwide late last month.
DEHA is a plasticizer which makes the PVC material pliable.
(China Daily 11/03/2005 page1)