[GRRN] Polystyrene Leaching

RecycleWorlds (anderson@msn.fullfeed.com)
Wed, 26 May 1999 13:37:47 -0500

According to the May 1999 Plastics in the Environment (U.K.):

"Japan's National Institute of Health Sciences clains that the
conclusions of its recent research suggest that dimers and trimers present
in PS foam packaging may leach into food. The research consisted of plaing
fatty food in PS cups. The fats attracted the dimers and trimers, in the
same way as organic solvents. If these chemicals enter the body they may
impari reproductive function. Many of the chemicals present in PS behave
like hormones that occur naturally. PS foam is widely used by Japanese
manufacturers of instant noodles."
Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011