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What you should know about food packaging in China (5)

(People's Daily Online)

08:34, January 14, 2013

(Life Times)

Stainless steel pots:

Pay attention to the manganese content of stainless steel pots. China has not restricted the manganese content in stainless steel products; so many companies have added excessive manganese to their stainless steel cookware in order to replace relatively expensive nickel. Excessive manganese will affect the corrosion resistance of stainless steel, and lead to such symptoms as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal disorder. Therefore, you should demand a test report to see whether the stainless steel pot contains excessive harmful metals, and avoid scrubbing or hitting the pot forcefully.

Plastic wrap:

Food rich in fats and oils should not be covered with plastic wrap. Plasticizing agent is often used to make plastic wrap more elastic, and can be separated out by fats and oils. Long-term intake of plasticizing agent can affect human immune, reproductive, cardiovascular, liver, and urinary systems, and such negative effects can even be passed down to the next generation. According to national standards, plastic wrap that contains plasticizing agent can be used to cover anything other than food rich in fats and oils.

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