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• WONDERING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAM (EPS) ALSO CALLED “STYROFOAM”?
FACT – All the raw materials used to make Sanicup EPS foam cups and containers have been approved for contact with food by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), specifically, Title 21 of the US Code of Federal Regulations Sections 177.1640 & 178.3010. The USFDA has approved Polystyrene for the past fifty (50) years, last review done in 2014.

• WONDERING ABOUT YOUR EXPOSURE TO STYRENE?
FACT – Styrene, the monomer, which is a liquid, must not be confused with polystyrene, the polymerized form, a solid. They are two completely different substances. As an example, chlorine is poisonous but when combined with sodium to produce sodium chloride (common table salt) it is essential for the human body to function. Styrene is naturally present in cinnamon, beef, coffee beans, peanuts, strawberries, avocado among many other foods. Styrene is naturally produced in the processing of wine, beer and
cheese. Styrene is an approved USFDA food additive in small amounts to baked goods, frozen dairy products, gelatins and puddings. Styrene is emitted in automobile exhaust, cigarette smoke and photocopiers. One of the largest sources of styrene into the body comes from motor vehicle exhausts as it is present in both urban and rural air. Therefore, a walk around the Queen’s Park Savannah or being stuck in a traffic jam would result in a relatively large intake of styrene.

• WONDERING ABOUT STYRENE MIGRATION?
FACT – There is a minute amount of Styrene in EPS. The USFDA has measured styrene intake attributable to food packaging at 0.0022 microgram per person/day. Total styrene estimated daily intake was 6.6 microgram per person/day for a daily intake of 3.0 kg (7.3lb) of food per day. The USFDA maximum acceptable daily intake is 90,000 microgram/person/day. Therefore a normal person’s daily intake is 13,000 times lower than the safe limit. To reach the FDA maximum safe limit for polystyrene intake, a person would have to consume 40,909 kg or 90,204 lbs of food per day.

• WONDERING ABOUT MICROWAVE USE?
FACT – Microwaves work by agitating polar molecules (usually water in foods). As EPS is 90% air, it does not ‘heat up’. Therefore, an empty EPS container will not get hot in a microwave oven.
However, if one places food in the EPS container, the food will get hot. The heat always travels from the food to the container. If the food gets too hot, the EPS container may lose its shape or appear to melt from the heat of its contents warming up, especially greasy foods. On a regular stove with metal pots, the heat travels from the pot to the food. A safe internal temperature to ‘warm up’ food is a uniform 74º C or 165º F.

• WONDERING ABOUT MICROWAVE USE?
FACT – Microwaves work by agitating polar molecules (usually water in foods). As EPS is 90% air, it does not ‘heat up’. Therefore, an empty EPS container will not get hot in a microwave oven.
However, if one places food in the EPS container, the food will get hot. The heat always travels from the food to the container. If the food gets too hot, the EPS container may lose its shape or appear to melt from the heat of its contents warming up, especially greasy foods. On a regular stove with metal pots, the heat travels from the pot to the food. A safe internal temperature to ‘warm up’ food is a uniform 74º C or 165º F.

• WONDERING ABOUT OZONE DEPLETING GAS?
FACT – No manufacturer, past or present, in T&T has ever used any ozone depleting gas to make EPS foam. Expanded Polystyrene Foam is made by two different processes. One process uses expandable polystyrene resin which is impregnated with the blowing agent, pentane, which is ozone friendly. This is the process used to make SANICUP EPS products. The other process uses extrusion of the EPS sheet and thermo forming to make the products. This process, long ago, used chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) as the blowing agent. But CFC’s were discontinued and replaced with butane (aka LPG ‘cooking gas’) which is ozone friendly. For over 25 years Sanicuppackages have carried a statement that no CFC’s were used in the manufacture of its products. No manufacturer of EPS foam products imported into T&T use CFC’s as worldwide all that equipment was sent to the scrap yards a long time ago.

• WONDERING THAT SOME PEOPLE CLAIM 100 COUNTRIES HAVE BANNED EPS?
FACT – THIS IS UTTERLY FALSE! Other people claim over 100 cities have banned EPS. Checks have shown there may be slightly over 100 villages, towns and cities in the USA that have
a ban or partial ban on EPS. According to the US Census Bureau 2013 report there were a total of 19,354 cities and towns in the USA, therefore, 100 ‘cities’ is only 0.005% of the total. A partial ban may be in locations such as a beach front or large city events, but it is only a partial or an event ban. The State Supreme Court of New York, in Manhattan struck down New York City’s ban.
The judge described the ban as ‘arbitrary’ and ‘capricious’. ‘Arbitrary’ means ‘not based on facts’ and ‘Capricious’ means ‘unreasonable’.

For over forty years, Sanicup brand polystyrene foam has been a supplier of low-cost sanitary cups and containers for takeaway food service. Our customers can count on us for quality locally manufactured products made to the highest international standards.

SANTAINERS LIMITED
Lot 5 Diamond Vale Industrial Estate
P.O. Box 757, Port of Spain Diego Martin, TT
Office: (868) 637-3633
Fax: (868) 632-2759

 

 

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