Journal of the Indonesian Medical Association
Vol. 57 No. 2 February 2007

Food Safety of Plastic and Styrofoam Packaging

Sulchan, Mohammad ( Faculty of Medicine Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang )
Nur W, Endang ( Faculty of Medicine Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang )

Article Info

Publish Date
28 Feb 2007


During the last two decades the use of plastic and styrofoam for food packaging hasdominated the market share of replacing tin and glass. In Indonesia, plastic packaging hasdominated around 80 persen of the food industry and flexible packaging. The material of plasticand styrofoam packaging consists of polymere, originated from monomers of the raw material, plus additive. The negative aspects of plastic packaging for food is that its monomere will stick tothe food. Monomers are carcinogens, thus they are harmful to health.Keyword: Plastic packaging, food industry, polymere, carcinogens.

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