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Is the plastic bag hurmful healty?

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Dear Guilberto,
I saw many Thai to package very hot food, even soup, with a plastic bag, I think it's harmful to health because of high temperature. And many companies produce plastic cup and assert that it's safe enough to drink. Is it truth?
Thank you very much
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  • Replied by stephen on Thursday, April 18 2013, 05:10 PM
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    Thanks Guilberto, I got your reply already, and it's very clear. So I post it here to respond others who are concerned about the same issue. Thank you again.

    "Hi Stephen:

    Yes, you are right the plastic containers/bags/cellophane is harmful as this can leach especially if the food is hot. Hence we have to avoid using plastic containers/bags/wrap/cellophane that could leach Bisphenol A (BPA), a possibly toxic estrogen-mimicking compound to our food. For more information, please search this Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology about this issue. It should be good if the public at large should advocate and be aware of no plastic used in cooking, preparation, or storage of foods. Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are what's known as "endocrine disruptors"—that is, at very small doses they interfere with our hormonal systems, giving rise to all manner of health trouble. In peer-reviewed research, BPA has been linked to asthma, anxiety, obesity, kidney and heart disease and more. As it was reported also in published scientific journals the rap sheet for phthalates, includes to lower hormones in men, brain development problems, diabetes, and possibly breast cancer.
    In my opinion, consumers like us cannot protect through reasonable means, collective action is needed, like government regulation/policy to take action on the role of "no" using plastics packaging in hot prepared food or even in milk containers.

    As my personal experience when I buy food in cafeteria or restaurant nearby, I normally bring with me a casserole for the food."

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