Monday: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has propagated a new plan to crackdown on unhealthy and unhygienic practices in the food industry. PFA on Monday has ordered to put a ban reusing PET bottles. Plastic PET bottles are made up of polyethylene terephthalate, the bottles should be recycled after they have been used for food and cannot be reused in food items again which can cause serious health issues. PET bottles for every food item should be new every time in order to maintain professional hygienic practices.
PFA directed hotels, restaurants, and people to dispose of bottles after using them by making a hole in it, after the first use for food items, it is only for the recycling industry, PFA spokesperson said.
PFA warned the businesses to take strict action against them if they found refilling the bottles for food items. Director General, PFA Noorul Amin Mengal said in a statement, PET bottles may contain Bisphenol A, a chemical which is injurious to health and can cause fatal diseases such as cancer.
Use of Plastic containers for food is inherently contaminated because of the material used in production. In the U.S. Bisphenol A is found less than 5% in food contact plastic containers, but reusing PET bottles makes it more dangerous as compared to new bottles.