Did you know? Each time you wipe your face (or your ass) here in China, there’s a good chance you’re giving yourself cancer? Here’s the latest edition in our “Everything Causes Cancer” series, via Want China Times:
In the results of tests carried out on 24 types of paper napkins, published by the Chinese Consumer Association in October, the quality of six types was found to be below safety standards, while another six were found to contain a fluorescent substance.
The International Food Packaging Association earlier carried out an investigation on eight supermarkets and four agricultural wholesale markets in Beijing and Tianjin, as well as in Hebei province. The investigation found that 30% of tissues contain carcinogens such as fluorescent whitening agents and talcum powder.
Substandard table napkins contain various types of fungi, E coli, and tuberculosis, which can easily induce gastritis, enteritis, typhoid and dysentery. Whitening powder and whitening agents in tissues can cause respiratory tract infections, said Zhang Xiumin, a professor at Jilin University’s Public Health Institute.
The investigation showed that while there was no evidence that table napkins were manufactured from toilet paper, some firms produce napkins without permits. Producers also do not provide information about the type of paper used or the use of fluorescent additives in manufacturing, severely impacting the quality of the tissue paper.
Experts said people who absorb fluorescent whitening agents over long periods of time can suffer cell mutation and develop cancer.