Is there a shelf life for disposable chopsticks?
On September 4, the China Culinary Association aimed to reduce the use of disposable chopsticks across catering companies and consumers across the country.
Experts caution that disinfected, reusable chopsticks are far safer than disposable chopsticks.
Moreover, disposable chopsticks are best used within six months of production.
According to Dong Jinshi, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of the International Food Packaging Association, disposable chopsticks are divided into disposable wooden chopsticks and disposable bamboo chopsticks.
The former usually only requires paraffin polishing; it also needs to be smoked with sulfur or soaked with bleaching powder to bleach, absorb talc to dry and polish with paraffin wax, and chemical residues may exist.
Although the national standard chemical residues are strictly restricted, many companies do not understand the standards or lack standard awareness, which leads to chemical residues exceeding standards.
Experts also reminded that disposable chopsticks are best used within half a year from the date of production, as long periods of time can easily breed bacteria.
When you go to a restaurant to eat, it is recommended to choose disinfection-type repeated-use chopsticks.
For household chopsticks, it is best to choose reusable chopsticks made of natural materials. After each use, they must be washed and dried, and placed directly in a ventilated place, and it is best to replace them every six months.