The effect of melamine resin on health

Melamine resin, unlike many other synthetic resins, is not very heat resistant. As soon as warming reaches a temperature of seventy degrees Celsius, toxic ingredients such as dangerous formaldehyde escape. For surface coatings and crockery or cutlery, which are used at cooler temperatures, melamine resin is harmless.

Typical use of melamine resin

Melamine resin is often used as a material in the manufacture of furniture coatings and dinnerware. Since the temperatures involved in these types of use remain well below the risk limit, their use is unobjectionable.

However, there are a number of kitchen utensils that can quickly come into contact with risky heat. Typical examples are:

  • dishes for babies
  • microwave dishes
  • Cooking tools such as spatula and wooden spoon

All melamine resin-containing utensils must not be used in the microwave. Especially for Asian products, where the type of resin is not clearly and unambiguously identified, should be completely dispensed with the use in the microwave.

The same applies to cooking tools. It should never remain in the pot or pan when cooking food. In general, products made of melamine resin are unsuitable for this purpose. There is no labeling requirement and only restrictive indications of the useful temperatures may indicate an indication of melamine resin as a manufacturing material.

Limit and hidden ingredient

In regular and multiple tests, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has determined that no harm is posed by properly used melamine resin. It should be noted, however, that the results are always based on an undershoot of a limit.

Since from a different point of view, a limit can also be considered as a poisoning permit, skeptical people to recommend the complete renunciation of melamine resin. The properties of melamine resin also result in use in composite plastics, some of which are offered as natural materials.

A typical example of "covert" melamine resin is found in many kitchen utensils designated as bamboo products. In tests of independent media and institutions, many products have been found to contain melamine resin in dishes and kitchen gadgets marketed as eco-products, especially children's crockery.

Tips & Tricks

If you are looking for light and unbreakable crockery and cutlery, you can choose instead of products made of or with melamine resin polyamide products, aluminum or light wood such as balsa wood. Bamboo, if it is free of synthetic resin, is also an ideal material for these everyday objects.

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