A package is made to contain food, extends its storage life, market itself and protect the content from damage and contaminants. It should be impermeable to entry of harmful microorganisms, particles and chemicals. For some products, contaminants should not even come close. Adhering to package surface is enough to cause danger. Somebody please invent this super advance technology – a package that repels foreign matters!
1) Ice candy. The month of March approaches and the weather is getting hotter. Taking some ice candy is a nice way to cool down. I am buying ice candy every 10 am from a nearby store. I am holding it with bare hands. Biting the bottom end to open, the opposite side of knot. Then begin sipping it slowly.
What’s wrong with it? I am eating the ice candy directly. All the possible contaminants will be transfered to my mouth. Rinsing it with running water would be nice but it gonna thaw it faster. Ice candy is best while frozen. Transferring the content into glass and using a spoon is a good alternative. However, I am a trying hard cowboy. It should be eaten the way I stated above.
2) Canned juice and soda. I am referring to easy-open-cans, the ready to drink juices and sodas. Your lucky if the store personnel are hygienic enough to clean it before placing in chiller. Otherwise, you gonna enjoy whatever on its top. Dust or chemicals might be on it. Rats and cockroaches might have passed on it.
3) Ice cream in cone. Cornetto and branded alikes are covered with glossy paper packaging. The cone is an edible part of the product and should be protected too. The case is not the same for local ice cream vendors. The cones are in a glass compartment. Every cone is half covered with a tissue paper. When someone orders, the vendor will hold the cone and fill it with ice cream. You are unlucky it the vendor never knows proper hygiene.
4) Bottled soft drinks. Crowns are made of metal. Metals are prone to rusting. Rust stains are evident on bottle after opening. You might be taking some rust while drinking. Using straw is recommended.
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.