Food in foam containers that can destroy the liver of China has banned the use of foam containers for food after it was found to contain carcinogens. Meanwhile, Vietnamese consumers are still indifferent to using a convenient box, but contains extremely toxic substances that can damage the liver and cause many other diseases. Mr. Hoang Lam, Deputy Director of Center for Standards, Metrology and Quality 3 (Ho Chi Minh City), said that until now, the inspection, if any, has only been carried out with food containers from foreign. “As for the foam box for food that is made domestically, there is no regulation on quality control,” Mr. Lam said. Whereas last week, the International Food Packaging Association (IFPA) in Hong Kong published information, half of the lunch boxes (sponge, plastic, paper …) in China contained large amounts of flour. The mineral has carcinogenic ingredients. China has also decided to ban the sale and use of foam food containers because they can be made from waste. In Vietnam, this product is used very popular in daily activities. In Ho Chi Minh City, according to the agent distributing styrofoam boxes, millions of pieces are sold every day, serving the needs of containing food such as rice, sticky rice, dumplings … District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, said the type of styrofoam box with a width of about 12 cm, a length of 20 cm is sold for only 200-250 each. In retail stores, prices are pushed up but also about 350-500 VND per box. “This type of box contains very convenient food, mainly produced by domestic facilities, not imported from abroad,” the owner of the store said.


Experts recommend that foam food containers can be poisoned. Photo: T.C.

According to the opinion of engineer Huynh Le Thai Hoa, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety and Hygiene Department, supposed to ensure the safety for consumers, foam food containers must be appraised first. when marketed. Meanwhile, experts recommend that consumers should not use foam containers to store food. According to engineer Vu Tan Canh, Division of Polymer and Composite Materials, Institute of Materials Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the foam box is made of the main material of a thermoplastic resin called Polystyrene (PS). low molecular weight. In principle, plastic utensils only serve cold food, but many Vietnamese use hot food, which is taboo.

“When hot containers are stored, the amount of monostyrene (a poison) in this plastic released as much will damage the liver, as well as many other diseases. Not only high temperatures, this plastic when exposed to grease, Salty salt, acid … will be toxic to humans, “Canh said. Besides, in the process of processing, besides PS plastic, the manufacturer also includes other additives and fillers. Consumers cannot be sure of which fillers the manufacturer processes. Engineer Canh said that in fact many places for profit purposes, as well as poor professional qualifications, manufacturers have used scrap plastic or the proportion of each unsuitable substance leading to highly toxic products. , endangers users. In addition, he said, producers can fill in some minerals. Although it is not clear what the mineral is but generally there are some heavy metals in the minerals, which are toxins affecting humans.


Styrofoam box of rice sold popular in Binh Tay market, Ho Chi Minh City, is preferred by many people to store rice and food for convenience. Photo: T.C.

“I heard that in China, some minerals have been found in porous containers that can change sex, cause cancer and other diseases. In our country, there has been no research on the type of can.” “, engineer Canh said. In addition, the facilities are not clean, bacteria can reside in the cavities of the foam box and continue to grow, causing food contamination. He also said that in fact, many countries in the world have banned the use of this plastic to produce food containers. However, there are no specific regulations in Vietnam yet. Not only styrofoam boxes, Mr. Canh also advises consumers to be very careful when using plastic containers for food, depending on the toxic plastic used. However, absolutely must not be used to store hot food. Dr. Le Thi Hao, Deputy Director of the National Food Safety Testing Department said: “We will conduct research and survey to see if the foam box contains any toxic substances. “In the past, we have researched food containers that have been recognized for quality standards on the market but have not discovered anything out of the ordinary.” According to the source:

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