27 May '13, 7am

Newspapers not to wrap food

Newspapers not to wrap food

PETALING JAYA: The habit of using newspapers to soak the oil off fried food is unacceptable as those who consume such food will endanger their health, said National Poison Centre consultant Dr T. Jayabalan. He said it was a risky practice because chemicals in the ink might contain cancer-causing elements. "Solvents are used to dissolve the ink on newspapers. These solvents could be carcinogenic. "Consuming food which is mixed with these chemicals puts people at risk of getting serious chronic illnesses," he said. Dr Jayabalan was commenting on complaints by the public that some food sellers preferred to use newspapers to soak up excess grease from fried food before selling them to customers. Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohd Idris said hawkers should be banned from using newspapers to absorb oil from fried food. "Local councils should make it a requiremen...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/article/24652

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