May 1st, 2011, China lifted the ban of foam tableware

For the citizens born before the 1990s, the foam tableware is familiar, but the rice dishes are inseparable. However, the object must be reversed. Because of its non-degradability, a large amount of “white pollution” has aroused the concern of the whole society. It has been banned from use in railways, shipping passenger ships and tourist ships since the beginning. Since then, foam plastic tableware has been eliminated nationwide for 14 years.
On February 26 this year, the National Development and Reform Commission issued the No. 21 Order, which partially adjusted the “Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalogue (2011)”, in which disposable foam plastic tableware was removed from the catalogue of eliminated products. This also means that after May 1 this year, the foamed lunch box will be officially “lifted” and returned to the market.

Regarding the reasons for lifting the ban, the NDRC did not make a formal reply. The person in charge of the production of disposable foam tableware has speculated that the consumption of raw materials for foamed lunch boxes is only 1/4 of that of non-foamed lunch boxes. Allowing the production and sale of foamed lunch boxes may reduce energy consumption, which is likely to be One of the reasons for the lifting of the ban. And the quality of the people is much higher than before, and the discarding is now greatly reduced. Foamed dishes are also recyclable.

1. Is the foamed tableware harmful to the human body?
Dong Jinshi, Secretary-General of the International Food Packaging Association, revealed that the Food Safety Institute of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has conducted toxicity tests in accordance with relevant national standards. The use of foamed tableware in a normal living environment is safe.
2. Will foaming tableware produce toxic elements at 65 °C?
Cao Yu, executive vice chairman of China Plastics Association, said that the problem of releasing styrene monomer in disposable foam plastic tableware at 65 ° C or above is unfounded, because the depolymerization temperature needs to be as high as 280 ° C or higher. The temperature also needs 110 ° C to 120 ° C. The China Plastics Association also said that the disposable foam lunch box is a green product.

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Post time: Jul-16-2018

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