A Human Health Researcher Effa Baffo Gyamfi, has revealed that the use of styrofoams, popularly known as takeaway packs, in serving foods could pose health risks to consumers.
According to him, takeaways contain certain dangerous chemicals, which are leached into foods put in them, putting the lives of consumers at risk.
Explaining further, Mr Gyamfi said takeaways are made from wastes from petroleum fuel distillation, otherwise referred as coal tar, making it unhealthy to serve foods in them.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Human Health Researcher said the constant use of takeaway packs in eating could have long-term consequences.
According to him, when the chemicals in the takeaway come in contact with oil, heat, alcohol or pepper, one stands the risk of suffering prostrate enlargement, as well as low sperm count for men.
He advised that the public desist from eating in takeaway packs, saying the consequences could be grave.
He added that "if one eats food from a takeaway pack once every day, it is likely he or she will not survive beyond 10 years".
Many food vendors across the county usually use takeaway packs in selling their foods, with majority of buyers preferring that to take their foods in polytene rubbers.
However, Mr Gyamfi believes buyers are better off bringing their own bowls, or better still reverting to the old ways of buying their foods in leafs.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof Alexander Nii Oto Dodoo, says his outfit has not yet detected any chemicals in takeaways that are dangerous to human health.
He however admitted, as quoted by graphic.com.gh, that "there are several brands of plastic on sale that have not been assessed by us. We will, therefore, be increasing our market surveillance to ensure that all packaging materials for food in Ghana meet both the Ghana and international standards".