German consumer organization finds high levels of melamine and formaldehyde migration from re-useable bamboo-based cups, condemns misleading labeling advertising them as recyclable and eco-friendly
Concerns about migration from bamboo food contact materials and also about marketing efforts labeling them as ‘eco-friendly’ were also published in a recent discussion document from an EU working group (FPF reported). The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recently classified melamine as being “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (FPF reported).
Published by Food Packaging Forum
We agree with the views shared in the report.
Melamine and melamine-bamboo products are safe as long as the temperature of the food served/stored in these products are less than 60 Deg C. They are also not safe for microwave use. Due to lack of consumer awareness such considerations are not taken into account when these products are used. Many restaurants continue to serve hot food in melamine products. The labels on these products are often misleading consumers with either partial or incorrect information.
The tittle of reports and news articles published on this subject can potentially mislead the readers. We had to clarify few Europeans familiar with these reports, as they understood that bamboo is not good for food contact use. The emphasis of the title is on bamboo with no mention of melamine, which is actually the cause for concern.