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Cooking Food in Polythene Bags Persists

Dr Nyinoburyo adds that when the food cooked in polythene bags is consumed, it can cause mutations in the body cells causing them to become cancerous and other diseases like digestive disorders, liver and kidney related diseases.
14 Jul 2019 15:54
A sauce pan of sweetpotatoes being boiled in a white kaveera

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The use of polythene bags to wrap and cover food is persisting.

URN reporter visited some food joints and saw food which includes bananas, rice sweet potatoes and cassava being cooked in polythene bags, despite the health hazards. 

A housewife in Makerere Kikoni who only identified herself as Brenda reveals that she sometimes uses polythene in cooking matooke to save her from the inconveniences of buying banana leaves.

 //Cue in” Naye ffe nga…”

Cue out:”… mu ndagala kikwaguwila”//

Adda Nyamwiza, says that she used to use polythene for cooking while at hostel because it was cheaper and convenient compared to banana leaves.

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Proscovia Nanyanzi, the women chairperson central village Kisenyi I zone, says that together with the KCCA health department they have tried to fight against the practice in the community especially in food joints, in vain.

Cue in: “Ensonga yo buveera…”//

Cue out:”… tumuhandlinga nga olukiiko”//

Christine Auma, a 60-year old who owns a food joint in Makerere University observes that the continued practice of using polythene can be attributed to the growing change in trends, and people diverting from traditional ways of preparing food covered using banana leaves.

She says that a safe and better option is to use banana leaves.

//Cue in” Ne omulebe nguno…”

Cue out:”…okuyita mu bwengu.”//

Dr. Rodrigo Nyinoburyo, a Public Health specialist with USAID says that when the polythene is heated beyond certain temperature, it leads to the melting of some of the chemicals such as hydrocarbons which enter the food.

Dr. Nyinoburyo adds that when the food is consumed, it can cause mutations in the body cells causing cancer and other diseases like digestive disorders, liver and kidney related diseases.

Peter Kaujju, the KCCA Spokesperson says that the authority has continued mass sensitization against the use of polythene to wrap and cover food by emphasizing the health and environmental consequences of the practice.  

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Cue out:”…campaign and sensitization.”/

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