Toxic recycled plastic bags are banned in 100 vegetable markets in Shanghai. Toxic recycled plastic bags will be banned in 100 standardized vegetable markets from now on. This project is planned to be gradually promoted to the whole city. According to the Shanghai CPPCC, the proposal of "several suggestions on strengthening the supervision of food packaging bag manufacturers" put forward by member Chen Qi has been clearly replied by the Economic Commission. It is reported that the Municipal Bureau of quality and technical supervision has written the terms of "forbidding the use of black or dark toxic thick plastic bags and non environmental friendly plastic bags in the vegetable market, and advocating the use of biodegradable and non-toxic environmental friendly packaging materials" into the upcoming "norms for the setup and management of vegetable markets"
according to the survey, 67% of the plastic bags in the market are unqualified at present. These toxic and harmful plastic bags are mainly concentrated in the market, and the unqualified plastic bags in supermarkets account for 20%. The Economic Commission said that enterprises should clearly mark the words of food grade and non food grade when producing plastic bags, so that vegetable market managers and traders can choose plastic bags that meet the requirements of food hygiene
according to Chen Qi, recycled plastic bags are mixed with sundries, bacteria, viruses, toxins and other substances in the processing process. These toxic substances are easy to be extracted by oil or water in food in use, and eating them with food is harmful to health. Most of the black or dark, thick plastic bags used in farmers' markets are made of recycled plastic
at present, the practice of resisting the use of recycled plastic bags has been implemented in some vegetable markets. For example, 17 vegetable markets under Yangpu vegetable market company no longer use recycled plastic bags, and actively promote customized non-toxic polyethylene plastic bags. When Minhang Guji farmers' market was opened, it gave customers non-toxic woven bags and vegetable baskets as gifts, and also used the method of point cards, so that consumers could avoid damaging the experimental machine. If it even passed the fire-resistant B1 test report and bought vegetables for more than 20 yuan, it could be replaced with new ones. Chen Qi hopes that this practice can be persevered and promoted in more vegetable markets
at present, the Municipal Economic Commission and other departments have considered gradually implementing this plan through three measures of "reduction", "change" and "trial", that is, requiring the vegetable market to strengthen management, strengthen daily inspection, and standardize access conditions. The municipal and district food and drug supervision departments should strengthen the supervision of the use of recycled plastic bags in the vegetable market, and immediately investigate and deal with problems found. However, at present, some vendors use toxic recycled plastic bags despite repeated prohibitions. According to industry insiders, the main reason is that they are cheap. It is estimated that the patent volume of a large environmental friendly plastic bag ranks third in the world, and the cost price is 8 cents, while the cost of a large toxic and harmful plastic bag is only 4 cents
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