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
Many products labelled as “Bamboo products” use melamine formaldehyde as the binder. The labels on such products are often misleading, with most products not disclosing the presence of melamine formaldehyde. Melamine formaldehyde is known to be carcinogenic and they leach into the food they come in contact with if the operating temperature is greater than 60 Dec C.
Governments need to ensure companies disclose necessary information of the products. Also, consumers need to be educated with the usage guidelines for melamine based products. Due to lack of consumer awareness, many homes and restaurants use melamine tableware products to serve hot food.
The tittle of reports and news articles published by German media on this subject incorrectly puts the focus on bamboo, and not melamine. The titles lead many readers to believe that bamboo is harmful, unless they pay attention to the details provided in the article. We had to correct few Germans and Europeans as a result of their misinterpretation of these articles.