June 16, 2011

Japanese customers find that tinted plastic bags contain higher lead count than normal

“A number of tinted plastic bags used in supermarkets contain high levels of lead, with some recording 250 times the EU safety standard, Kyoto researchers have found. The researchers believe the dyes used in the bags contain lead....they found high levels of lead exceeding the EU standard of 100 parts per million in 27 of the first batch of bags and 33 of the second. The highest level detected in the study was 25,000 ppm, and three types of bags contained 10,000 ppm or more. The average level was 310 ppm, according to the group... the bags could contaminate the food products put inside.”

Source: Plastic shopping bag dye found laden with lead
Kyodo News
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

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