Safety of plastics?

Release Date:2020-09-16

Washbasin, water cup, fruit plate The safety of plastic containers is related to people's health. Plastic is such a thing that people love and hate! Not long ago, Guangdong Consumer Council sampling inspection of plastic food containers, more than 20% plasticizer value. Just now, how to choose plastic containers has become a headache for consumers.


Experts said that the test results showed that 11 batches of products were found to have plasticizer value, and the items with value mainly focused on dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and di (2-ethyl) hexyl phthalate (DEHP). Although plasticizers can be excreted through metabolism after entering the human body, the impact on health is not direct, but mainly depends on the intake. However, plasticizers are similar to artificial hormones and have the function of estrogen, which is particularly harmful to men and young children. Long term intake of plasticizer will interfere with endocrine, resulting in sex disorder of children, precocious puberty of girls, shortening of male genitalia, not obvious sexual characteristics, and reduction of semen and sperm quantity. Plasticizer can also increase the burden of liver and kidney, cause chronic damage to the immune system and digestive system, and even lead to liver cancer in serious cases.


In addition, at present, there is no safety standard for plasticizer entering human body in China. Referring to foreign standards, who, the United States and the European Union believe that it is safe for adults to take 1.5 mg, 2.4 mg and 3 mg DEHP per person per day for life. For the sake of safety, it is suggested that consumers should try to change some living habits and reduce the use of plastic containers in their daily life. For example, it is best to use less plastic film, plastic bags and oil resistant paper to package and hold food; try to avoid using plastic containers to put hot water, hot soup, tea and coffee, etc., and try to avoid using plastic bags or plastic material containers to hold food, especially hot and oily food; try not to use plastic containers to put food in microwave oven.


In view of the harmfulness of plasticizer to human body, while calling on functional departments to strengthen supervision and urge relevant enterprises to carry out rectification, the Consumer Council, after consulting experts' opinions and suggestions, issued "special consumption tips" to "prevent the subtle harm of plasticizer" and help consumers purchase and use preservative film and disposable cup products Identify the pros and cons when buying related products. First of all, the outer package should have QS mark, serial number and manufacturer's detailed information. The plastic film marked with PE or polyethylene can be used safely, while PVC or those without material should not be selected. Second, see the transparency, PE material is white, poor transparency, and the color of the whole roll is mostly PVC material, and the transparency is good. In addition, it is not easy to rub and unfold PVC film by hand.


In order to perform the functions entrusted by the law of the people's Republic of China on the protection of consumers' rights and interests, strengthen the social supervision of commodities and services, understand the real quality of plastic food products such as preservative films and disposable cups on the market, provide consumers with consumption information and consulting services, and guide consumers to choose and buy correctly The staff of the meeting purchased 40 batches of test samples from the market as ordinary consumers, involving 40 preservative films and disposable cups produced by 36 manufacturers. The producing areas are mainly concentrated in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, etc.


Who will protect the health of consumers? This is a big problem. Plastic plays an important role in our life. We really need to solve its safety problems.


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