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Won’t somebody think of the children?! A Shanghai Daily investigation has apparently revealed that some tableware sold at local stores and supermarkets – including things usually used to feed our poor, innocent babes – are made from a material that could call cancer. The name of the material is the appropriately gross sounding “urea resin.”
Says Shanghai Daily:
The chemical compound, called urea resin, is not included in the list of materials allowed by Chinese law to produce food containers and packages, such as dishes, plates and cups. When heated or contacted with strong acid or alkali, it can release formaldehyde, a harmful substance that can cause cancer. Bowls made from urea resin are easy to decorate with delicate patterns and because of their much lighter weight compared to china tableware, parents are fond of using them to feed babies.
Melamine is a safety-certified material allowed by law to produce plastic tableware but it’s more costly than urea resin.
Melamine? You mean the poison in the milk? You’d think with how much they were throwing that stuff into our food system that it was practically free to begin with. Makes us wonder what exactly is the price for urea resin.
Anyhow, though parents were of course concerned about this new threat to their kids, a shopkeeper interviewed by Shanghai Daily didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. “I think it would be just fine. Since such plastic tableware are only used to hold food wastes,” said the keeper of a small budget tableware store, surnamed Zhang.