How bad can it get? Well, in a worse case scenario – some Chinese film manufacturers have perfected the art of reducing costs by using contaminated medical waste in their plastic films. In particular, Chinese factories have a documented history of sourcing raw feedstock that originates from a variety of undesirable and dangerous sources.
It is well known that during the SARS (Avian Flu) outbreak of 2004, that plastic protective equipment (e.g. face masks, test tubes) were disposed of as “normal” garbage and subsequently recycled for use in plastic bags and food containers.
This scandalous practice was suspected of prolonging the 2004 SARS outbreak, and it still continues today as Chinese hospitals find economic benefit in selling waste material to unscrupulous “recyclers” rather than pay for proper medical waste disposal. This is one way to reduce costs significantly, but has potentially catastrophic consequences, if an end user of the product were to become sick, contaminated or the source of an outbreak. It is a well known problem to Chinese Authorities
Further references to this practice were reported late in 2010 by China Central Television. Examples of this have occurred with both FOOD and non – food contact products.
This is one reason why Maxpak is committed to exercising maximum effort, care and control over raw material sourcing activities. All of our raw materials are sourced from trusted, long term supply partners – the majority of whom are outside the People’s Republic of China.