最近， 收到朋友电邮过来的一份中文信件， 名为“可怕的免洗筷”。文件上讲的是我们常用的免洗筷的制造过程。它提到了厂商使用了甲硫磺或双氧水来漂白（不是消毒哦！）那些用来制作免洗筷的竹子，而且整个制造过程到最后的包装也很欠卫生的。
没有办法确认资料的来源和可靠性，但我想在某个程度上或许有它的真实性的。 因为市面上卖假货； 劣等，不卫生或含危险化学物质的物品的例子屡见不鲜。新闻和报纸也都有报导。很巧的，昨天在路透社的网上就看到一则报导说在北京的一间工厂卖的免洗筷是没有做任何的消毒的。工厂的负责人说生意好的时候， 一天可卖出十万对！真令人担忧！为什么总是有人因贪图自己的利益，而背着良心作出如此不负责任和不道德的事呢！
看了报导后， 我更肯定了我的选择， 那就是不再使用免洗筷。虽然我不常到小贩中心或食阁吃东西， 为了自己的健康与安全， 我买了一对不锈钢的伸缩筷， 既轻便也可吃得安心！其实，不使用免洗筷也有着另一个重要的意义，那就是可为环保尽一份小小的力。一举两得， 何乐而不为呢！
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Recently, I received a Chinese email entitled “Dreadful Disposable Chopsticks” from a friend. The email describes the manufacturing process of the disposable chopsticks that we often use. It is said that the manufacturers use Sulphur or Hydroxide Peroxide to bleach the bamboos used to produce the chopsticks, and the entire process until the final packaging is very unhygienic.
There is no way to confirm the source and the reliability of such information but I think to some extent, there may be some truth in it. Examples of fake goods, shoddy, unhygienic or dangerous products that have some harmful chemical contents being sold in the market are not uncommon. There have been reports about such cases. Coincidently, I came across the following on Reuters website yesterday.
“A Beijing factory sold up to 100,000 pairs of disposable chopsticks a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday………..
Officials raided the factory and seized about half a million pairs of disposable bamboo chopsticks and a packaging machine, the Beijing News said in a story headlined “Dirty Chopsticks”.
The owner, identified only by his surname Wu, said he had sold the chopsticks for 0.04 yuan a pair and made an average of about 1,000 yuan ($130) a day.
Wu, who had no licence to sell the goods, said he had sold 100,000 pairs a day when business was good……………. “
This is worrying, isn’t it? Why are there people who would betray their own conscience and resort to such irresponsible and unethical acts for their self-gain?!
After reading the article, I was more convinced of my choice, i.e. not to use disposable chopsticks anymore. Although I don’t visit food courts or hawker centres often, for the sake of my health and safety, I have bought a pair of stainless steel, expandable chopsticks. They are very light and convenient to be brought along whenever I go out. This way, I can eat with some peace. In fact, there is another significance in not using disposable chopsticks. I can play my small part in environment conversation! So, it is a case of getting two birds with one stone! Why not?!
The stainless steel, expandable chopsticks shown above are available in China Town, at the following address. Each pair costs S$14.
Jing-Si Books & Café
25 Trengganu Street, #01-12 Singapore 058476
Phone : (65) 6324 6889