Harmful Plastic Containers
Pet bottles/containers (Grade 1), though popularly used by consumers for storing water, beverage and food, could cause carcinogens to leach into food when heated.
Polycarbonate (Grade 7) contains highly toxic bisphenol A (BPA), which easily breaks down and leaches. BPA is linked to numerous health problems, including cancer and neurological disorders. Companies use ‘BPA free’ label but the container may have ‘BPS’, which has similar harmful effects on health.
Take-away food in plastic containers is gaining popularity. Same containers are generally used in microwave to heat the food at the time of serving. This practice is fraught with dangers.
Some of the suggestions made by Consumers India to protect consumers from the health hazards associated with plastic containers are given below:
The symbols regarding grades of plastics are so small that it is very difficult to read them. They need to be larger in size so that they can be easily identified by consumers. Also, awareness in this regard has to be disseminated.
Similarly other symbols related to use of plastic containers need to be prominently displayed.
Existing laws need to be reviewed and enforced properly. Also, regulatory authorities should test product samples from the market frequently. Strict penal action should also be taken against defaulters to ensure that harmful chemicals do not reach consumers. more
On Thu, 4 Jul 2019 at 9:26 PM, MOHIT PANDE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Learning of hermful effect on food storage and warning similar to tobaco is the need, again through legislation on packeging / producers. more