Safety Issues With Plastics

- Mar 25, 2020-

Safety issues with plastics

Washbasins, water cups, fruit trays ... plastic containers have reached millions of households, and their safety is related to people's health. The plastic thing is really love and hate! Not long ago, the Guangdong Consumer Council spot-checked plastic food containers, and more than 20% of plasticizers were valuable. Just now, how to choose plastic containers has become a headache for consumers.

Experts said that the inspection results showed that 11 batches of products were detected as valuable plasticizers, and the items with value detected were mainly concentrated in dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diphthalate (2 -Ethyl) hexyl ester (DEHP). Although plasticizers can be excreted through metabolism after they enter the body, the health impact 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 ingestion of plasticizers will interfere with endocrine, cause children's sex disorders, make girls sexually precocious, shorten their male genitalia, have less sexual characteristics, and reduce semen and sperm count. Plasticizers also increase the burden on the liver and kidneys, cause chronic damage to the immune system and digestive system, and severely cause liver cancer.

In addition, at present, China has no safety standards for plasticizers entering the human body. With reference to foreign standards, the WHO, the United States, and the European Union consider that adults' daily intake of DEHP of 1.5 mg, 2.4 mg, and 3 mg per person per day is safe. of. For the sake of safety, it is recommended that consumers in their daily lives should strive to change some lifestyle habits and reduce the use of plastic containers. For example, when storing food, it is best to use plastic wrap, plastic bags, and oil-resistant paper to package and hold food; try to avoid using plastic containers to place hot water, hot soup, tea, and coffee, and use plastic bags or plastic containers as little as possible Hold food, especially hot and oily food; try to keep food in plastic containers in a microwave oven as little as possible.

In view of the harmfulness of plasticizers to the human body, the Consumer Council has called on functional departments to strengthen supervision and urge related enterprises to make rectifications. After consulting experts' opinions and suggestions, the current consumer is buying and using plastic wrap and disposable cups. Some misunderstandings in the product, issued a "Special Consumption Tips": "Prevent the plasticizer from inadvertently hurting" to help consumers identify the pros and cons when buying related products. First of all, look at the outer packaging to have the QS mark, number and manufacturer's detailed information. PE or polyethylene cling film can be used with confidence, while PVC or no written material should not be selected. Secondly, look at the transparency. The PE material is white and the transparency is poor, while the yellow color of the entire roll is mostly PVC material, and the transparency is good. In addition, it can also be distinguished by rubbing by hand. PE cling film is generally not sticky, and it is easy to rub open after kneading by hand, while PVC cling film has good viscosity, which is not easy to spread by rubbing by hand.

In order to fulfill the functions conferred by the Consumer Rights Protection Law, strengthen social supervision of goods and services, understand the true quality of food plastic products such as cling film and disposable cup products in the market, and provide consumer information and consulting services In order to guide consumers to purchase correctly, the Guangdong Province Consumer Council comparative test samples were purchased from the market by the staff of the Guangdong Consumer Council as ordinary consumers. The test samples totaled 40 batches and involved 36 production companies. Of 40 plastic wrap and disposable cup products. The production places are mainly concentrated in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and other places.

Who will protect the health of consumers? This is a big problem. The status of plastic in our lives is very important. It really needs to solve its safety problem.