Toxic Heavy Metals in Single-Use Plastic Cups Pose Severe Health Risks, JUST Study Reveals

JUST study reveals toxic heavy metals in single-use plastic cups, posing severe health risks to consumers.

A study conducted by researchers at Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) has revealed significant concentrations of hazardous heavy metals in disposable plastic cups, which are typically composed of polystyrene. The plastic cups were discovered to easily transmit dangerous compounds to liquids, which can lead to severe health problems like kidney, lung, and liver cancer, when consumed by humans.

The study entailed gathering 20 disposable polystyrene cups from different stores in Jashore City. An analysis was conducted on samples of sugar, tea, and soft drinks served in these cups, which detected the presence of heavy metals in 17 out of 20 samples. The analysis revealed elevated concentrations of copper, with lead, chromium, and cadmium also present at significant levels.

Conversely, food products examined in conventional glass containers did not exhibit any indication of heavy metals, hence emphasising the substantial danger presented by disposable plastic cups. The research team, headed by Assistant Professor B M Khaled from the Agro Product Processing Technology Department, stressed the immediate necessity to tackle this health risk.

Assistant Professor Khaled stated that scientists from many nations have also discovered evidence of the transfer of heavy metals from single-use plastics to food. The department’s Chairman, Professor Mrityunjoy Biswas, urged for prompt government intervention. The government ought to enhance public consciousness of the health peril. He expressed the need for legislation to prohibit the manufacturing of this detrimental substance,” he informed Somoy.

The researchers propose implementing a prohibition on single-use plastic cups, particularly for hot beverages, and advocating for the adoption of safer alternatives such as clay or paper cups in order to safeguard public health.

Source:Somay News