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Cheap chopsticks may be toxic, Chinese expert says

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CHINA – Chopsticks may bring to mind delicious Chinese dishes, hard-to-use tableware, or ravaged forests. However, the dinnerware now represents something far more sinister for Chinese Internet users: terrible toxins.

On Sunday, actor Huang Bo posted a message on his micro blog saying that when he tried to wash the disposable chopsticks provided to him in a restaurant, he was astonished to find that the chopsticks turned the water yellow and gave off a pungent smell.

“Stop using disposable chopsticks, it is not about saving the environment anymore, it is about saving your own life,” Huang wrote on the micro blog.

The message was forwarded 125,000 times.

Angry netizens asked Huang to reveal the name of the restaurant, Huang said the bad chopsticks are not only provided in that one restaurant, but are widely distributed.

Dong Jinshi, secretary-general of the International Food Packaging Association, said the colour and smell of the chopsticks may indicate that they were exposed to sulphur and other chemical substances.

“Sulphur, hydrogen peroxide, sodium sulfite and mould inhibitor, are chemical substances commonly used to make disposable chopsticks, even though they are not allowed,” Dong said.

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