On Disposable Chopsticks

This is a true, if you don't believe try the following test. Soak a pair of disposable chopsticks (usually given to you when you buy packed food from a Chinese take-away) for between 3 to 5 minutes in hot boiling water.  Within minutes and right in front of your eyes, you will notice that some white coloring matter seems to  dissolve into the hot water from the chopsticks. What is released from the chopsticks is actually a chemical, a bleaching agent.

In a campaign promoting health care in Singapore recently, Prof. Jackson Mathis reminds people not to use disposable chopsticks, as almost the majority of them are made in or imported from China.  He explained that during the manufacturing process of disposable chopsticks before the actual production itself, all raw materials are already cover-grown with germs that make the wood materials look like they are coated in multiple colors or are covered with poisonous fungus.

The first process itself is already frightening as the manufacturer starts the process by soaking up the wooden raw materials inside a very big container that is filled with a very toxic and highly poisonous chemical.  This chemical is intentionally added in order to preserve the materials. After a few days of soaking, they are then washed with an even worse cleaning agent, in this case it is a bleaching agent (which chemical level is believed to be more than A THOUSAND TIMES over the general permissible/acceptable international standards).  And guess what? 

These chemicals itself is likely to cause greater harm to our health (if we continue consuming such chemicals into our body on a daily basis) not forgetting that since these chemicals used are usually Carcinogenic in nature, they are likely to cause cancer. 

Since his last visit to a disposable chopsticks manufacturing plant in China 5 years ago, Prof. Jackson Mathis has immediately stopped using such disposable chopsticks anymore. In Prof. Jackson’s case, if he ever forgets to bring along his own pair of chopsticks for lunch or dinner, he usually make sure that he does not forget to put the pair he used inside his bag since it can be re-used again and again.  

Prof. Mathis said: "If you have been using disposable chopsticks in the past, and you insist on continue using them again, please pause and think for a moment. Why is cancer spreading like wildfire these days throughout the world affecting all sorts of people? After that, think of how many pairs of disposable chopsticks a factory in China is producing by the minute. The answer itself is right here!