Industry insiders have warned consumers to be careful when using drinking straws, as 90 percent in the Shanghai market did not meet quality standards, according to investigators.
90 percent. Ninety percent.
According to food experts, some straws could contain hazardous materials that can dissolve into drinks. Long-term use can cause harm to the digestive system, premature sexual development, infertility or even cancer.
Though inspectors found that some shoddy straws were sold with forged quality safety logos, many vendors sold straws without any logo whatsoever. A manager surnamed Yang told China Daily that he was not aware of “safety concerns” surrounding cheaply manufactured drinking straws.
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