The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has warned that plastic utensils with bamboo are not suitable for food use. In recent years, the European Union (EU) has notified fifty alerts associated with the migration of melanin and formaldehyde in this type of products, two substances toxic to health, as indicated today in a statement.
Although bamboo fiber plastic utensils intended to come into contact with food are not allowed, they are still sold in some physical stores and, mainly, in “many” shops online, has added.
This type of product, made basically of plastic and a small percentage of vegetable fibers, usually also includes claims such as “ecological” or “biodegradable” that are “false” in most cases.
The OCU recalled that the sunflower seed husk is the only vegetable additive allowed by European legislation for the manufacture of plastic utensils intended to come into contact with food.
For all this, “the most recommended” is discard “any” product of this type that is kept at home or, if it has just been purchased, return it asking for a refund of the price.
In the event that its sale continues to be observed, the OCU encourages consumers to report it to the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare.
What is allowed, according to this organization, is the sale of food utensils made “100% from bamboo” and do not pose “any type of risk” for the consumer.