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October 30, 2012

Plastic hot bodies

Filed under: Family, Life, Malaysia — Tags: , , , — bananachinese @ 4:15 pm

Malaysians have not learned the word ‘leaching’.

Go to your favourite lunch stall, see office workers tapau their deliciously hot food/noodles. Nobody seem concerned with plastic leaching from their favourite tapau lunch packet when they get back to their office to eat them food.

With many happily consuming plastic chemical, I am wondering what our Health Minister has been doing all these years.  What’s their role? Prevention or cure? Zzzzz…

For those interested, here’re some facts I’ve found for your education:

* While it’s likely impossible to completely avoid all plastic products, try to use as little plastic as possible, especially if you’re pregnant, and never use it around food.

* Don’t serve or store hot foods, acidic foods, or foods with a high fat or oil content in plastic containers of any kind as these types of edibles are more likely to encourage leaching.

* Use glass, metal, or lead-free ceramics instead. A simple storage system can be created with any bowl and a similarly-sized plate used as a lid.

* Avoid the temptation to save and reuse commercial food packaging and drink bottles, which are not designed for repeated uses and become more prone to leaching with repeated cleanings.

Read some advice here:
http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/plastic

Read a research here:
Styrene Trimer May Increase Thyroid Hormone Levels

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