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The FDA advises against using plastics that are not designed to handle hot foods.

Ebenezer Kofi Essel, Director of Industrial Support at the Food and Drugs Authority, has warned the public against eating hot meals prepared with plastic rubber.

He stated that the practice might be harmful to everyone involved and that it should not be encouraged.

He asked Ghanaians to use alternate products such as mugs or calabash to carry their food instead of plastics, using the example of 'Koko' (porridge) in plastics as an example.

He explained that the heat from some foods can allow dangerous compounds in the plastic rubber to be consumed when they are eaten.

"Plastics weren't made for Koko." What keeps me from taking a cup or any other container large enough to hold the Koko? Mr. Essel noted on Angel FM's Anopa Bofo Morning Show that "those plastics were not made for hot foods," and that "once you put it in there, if there is any leaching, you are going to face the consequences."

He was answering a question concerning customer concerns about the continuous use of hazardous, non-biodegradable plastics to serve or pack hot food and beverage (F & B) items.

"I have not found any work in Ghana or anyplace else that shows that if I put Koko in plastic, something will happen to me," he added. But what I can say is that if the material isn't made for Koko, there's a chance you'll be exposed to that risk, so don't do it. I'll take your word for it if you say it wasn't meant for it. "

Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Kofi Essel indicated that the temperature of food packaged in polystyrene, commonly referred to as "take away," is not high enough to cause chemicals to leak into the meal.

"Leaching would occur at temperatures exceeding hundreds of degrees Celsius." However, one of the most harmful behaviors we've observed is keeping such things in microwaves [with takeout]. "

Regarding the significance of "World Safety Day," he advised Ghanaians to focus on eating healthy meals and being aware of where their food comes from.

He defined "safe food" as food that is free of germs and disease-causing organisms while yet containing all of the needed nutrients.

He stated that the state and nature of the meal should be such that its scent and appearance should not irritate but rather appeal to your senses.

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