Polystyrene can cause
Your Own Health series
The use of Polystyrene in food containers should be banned
because of its negative health and environmental effects, said
the Consumers Association
of Penang (CAP).
S.M. Mohamed Idris said studies have shown that polystrene,
which is a cancer-causing agent.
polystrene foam containers are commonly used by hawkers for
takeaways while polystyrene cups, bowls, plates, forks and
spoons are also used in food courts and restaurants," he said
at a press conference.
He said that
when hot and oily food is stored in these containers, styrene
leaches into the food.
packaging normally contained some residual styrene because the
manufacturing process is not 100% efficient," he
said chemicals from polystyrene can be absorbed by food whether
the container is new or old because of heat, sun, wear and
which leaches into food will end up in the body and will
eventually affect the health," he
classified by the World Health Organisatin's International
Agency for Research on Cancer as a Group 2B carcinogen, which
means it is a possible human
also a mutagen, which may carry a cancer risk and also
potentially cause reproductive damage," he
studies have shown that exposure to small quantities of styrene
can cause low red blood cell count and women exposed to low
concentration of styrene vapours in the workplace have a
variety of menstrual disorders.
production of polystyrene involves the use of benzene, which is
a known human carcinogen that has been linked to leukaemia,"
Mohamed Idris said.
He said cancer
is the second biggest killer in Malaysia after road accidents,
with an estimated 40,000 new cases detected in the country each
styrene in the diet of Malaysians will help reduce cancer
risks," he said.
Source: theSun - Telling it
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