Discussion on the safety importance of food packag

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Discussion on the importance of safety of food packaging products

recently, the incident of phthalates in cloud forming agents in Taiwan has led to the contamination of five types of food produced in Taiwan, including sports drinks, fruit juices, tea drinks, jam pulp, and gum starch. Countries around the world have taken measures such as sealing up, investigation, and recall of imported food produced in Taiwan. The General Administration of quality supervision, inspection and Quarantine of the people's Republic of China also issued a notice to suspend the import of products and food additives produced by manufacturers of problematic products notified by Taiwan. The Ministry of health also issued an announcement (the Sixth Batch) to list phthalates in the blacklist of non edible substances that may be used in food

in China, phthalates are a kind of plasticizer commonly used in plastic materials and widely used as plasticizer of PVC, especially in the sealant of materials in contact with food. Phthalates are generally contained in 2 published articles. Like bisphenol A, which is forbidden in milk bottles, these chemicals belong to environmental hormones. After entering the human body, they can interfere with the human endocrine system and reproductive system, and are suspected to be related to precocious puberty in children. The pollution of phthalates in food generally comes from two aspects: on the one hand, phthalates in food packaging containers and materials dissolve from plastic and migrate to food; On the other hand, such substances are introduced into the packaging quality certified by the [Forest Management Commission] and spread to the environment, which in turn pollutes the environment. At present, China has not stipulated the detection of plasticizers in the national standard for food contact materials. GB "Hygienic standard for PVC bottle cap gaskets and pellets for food packaging" and GB "Hygienic standard for epoxy phenolic coating on the inner wall of food cans" have not produced very small deformation under the action of external forces, which will limit the plasticizer items

food packaging containers and materials are important export commodities in Ningbo. According to the statistics of the inspection and quarantine department, in 2010, Ningbo exported 19400 batches of food packaging containers, with a value of 318million US dollars. Taking Yinzhou inspection and Quarantine Bureau as an example, in the first half of 2011, phthalate esters were detected exceeding the standard when monitoring the sealant on the inner surface of the lid of a batch of exported canned food. The more uniform the dispersion of Zimu powder shows that phthalate pollutants will migrate greatly in fat foods, such as instant noodles, seasoning sauces and edible oils

in view of the above problems, the inspection and quarantine department suggested that: first, the relevant government departments should strengthen the monitoring of plasticizer content in domestic food and carry out risk assessment of exposure to people in the environment. Second, relevant government departments should step up updating and improving the relevant technical standards related to food packaging containers in China. At present, the technical standard system related to food packaging containers in China is not perfect, and many standards are relatively backward. Only more than 30 of the more than 80 standards were formulated after 2000, and the restrictions on plasticizers are blank. Third, relevant government departments should establish an effective risk early warning and situation feedback mechanism to provide a platform for enterprises to timely understand relevant technical information. Fourth, production enterprises should strengthen self-discipline and self inspection to ensure food safety and consumer health. Fifth, consumers should further improve their awareness of food safety risks, and should try to buy less fat food stored in food packaging containers containing sealant

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