We observe in our daily life that the local street foods ,specially fried items we buy ,are usually wrapped in newspapers.Do you ever think, how this Newspaper wrapped Food that we conusume bring hazardous effects on our health?
Many people wrap food items in news paper not knowing that their unhealthy act may take their life.
Why newspaper wrapped items are dangerous for our lives?
Wrapping food in newspaper is an unhealthy practice and consumption of such food is injurious to health,even if the food has been cooked hygienically.
The ink used for printing purposes in newspaper has multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects.It has been reported that wrapping food items in newspaper will trigger cancer.
Printing inks may also contain harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro organisms in used newspapers also poses potential risk to human health, even paper/cardboard boxes made of recycled paper may be contaminated with harmful chemicals like phthalate which can cause digestive problems and also lead to severe toxicity.
In past few years, some companies were forced to recall their entire production batches because it were covered in papers with ink, which resulted in illness.
According to the advisory , the Commissioners of Food Safety of all States or Union Territories have initiated systematic campaigns for generating awareness among all the stakeholders and common public to discourage the use of newspapers for packing, serving and storing food items.
People use newspaper because they are easy to use for packaging purposes and that they don’t know the harmful impact of this paper on their health but it is hoped that when people know the dangerous results they will avoid it.