You Might Be Eating Some Packaging Inks

This lumpia chichirya is one of auntie’s sari-sari store best seller. Every child who has one peso or more would opt for this junk food.

Sorry for calling it junk! It is really a junk however. You should be angry if I call it a nutritious snack.

The lumpia craze is very intriguing. I also got carried and buying few every now and then. It cost one peso per pack. Each package contain three orange tubes with cheese powder . The package color is bright orange. Very appealing to eye. Tend to make anyone hungry and crave for more. The content color is also bright orange. Seems the color combination is nice.

The taste is a very prominent cheesy flavor. Kids really love strong flavored snacks. They are willing to sacrifice healthy meals in exchange for junkies. It is very crunchy but will become though if let in open for few minutes, due to moisture absorption.

After finishing two packs, our baby boy was able to grabbed one empty plastic and play with it. Pulling it of his hands will surely make him cry so I let it go. After few minutes, he threw the plastic on  floor and looked for other toys. I picked up the plastic to dispose it properly.

I noticed the package imprint was almost vanished. I wonder how. Maybe some printing inks transferred to hands, to our baby’s hands. I got another pack and rubbed it with my fingers. The dried ink indeed transferred to my hands.

erasing packaging inks

I never knew whether the inks used for food packaging are toxic or not (please tell me). I should take precautions next time cause it might be dangerous. Food packaging print designs are normally covered with thin film to protect it from damaged or erasure and to avoid its accidental ingestion. Ingestion by transfer of ink from plastic to hands to mouth.

The packaging manufacturer might be using a low quality inks or inks with toxic mineral oil used for printing newspaper.

I am not telling you not to buy this product. I am just stating the possible dangers.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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