“Recycled” plastic cutlery withdrawn from markets
In developing countries, anything that can be reused generally is. One example that has come to light is the disposable knives, forks and spoons retrieved from the Duquesa landfill/garbage dump and sold as new in the market on Duarte, in Villas Agricolas, as reported in El Nacional. However these items were recently withdrawn from the markets without waiting for Public Health to initiate the seizure as had been announced. Beginning on Friday, 2 and Saturday, 3 October 2015 the vendors removed the spoons and forks collected at Duquesa that were packed and sold to cafeterias and diners in the Mercado Nuevo. Federation of Mercado Nuevo Traders Associations president Luis Taveras said that the withdrawal had been voluntary. Taveras criticized the negligence of the Ministry of Public Health to deal with this practice that affects the health of thousands of people and the image of the market itself. The Mercado Nuevo traders first revealed the sale of these reused disposable items.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Oct 5, 2015
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