Why has Britain banned the use of newsprint to wrap fish n' chips?

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  1. Peter Kim

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    I was watching an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats cooking show on Food Channel. In it, Alton was preparing the classic British takeout, fish n' chips. He made a brief statement that the traditional act of wrapping the fish n' chips in old newsprint is no longer allowed. Unfortunately, he did not elaborate.

    Any answers?
     
  2. Neil M

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    I don't know the answer but its possible that it could have something to do with health risks due to the ink or paper. Just a suggestion. I would really like to know now that you brought it up.
     
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    Maybe the fact that paper is one of the highest germ/bacteria carriers around. Purely sanitary reasons. BTW, I grew up when they had the f&c in newspaper.
     
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    isn't there at least some lead in news type?
     
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    Thats what i figured. Thanks Neil. By the way, you have a great first name.
     
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    Thanks Neil and Neil. I was particularly curious about this since I recently went to a restaraunt which served the 'classic' fish n' chips. They were served wrapped in old newsprint.

    While it added to the aura of all things British, I could forsake the tradition in order to gain a greater cleanliness.

    Forgot to add...the restaurant that I visited is in Minneapolis, MN.
     
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    after reading the paper notice the ink all over your hands
    Then think of greasy fried fish......
    As Homer Simpson would say Ummmmmmmmmm ink fish
     
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    Newsprint has been known to contain trace amounts of lead (though it may be less of a problem with newer inks) Not enough to harm anybody in the course of an acute exposure, but over time, it's just that much more added to a person's "lead burden". Zero exposure to lead is impossible for all intents and purposes, but less is always better, especially for children and women of childbearing age.

    I can't say with certainty that this is the reason for the ban, but it's my best guess.
     
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    At the end of 35 minute train ride every morning, I look down at my fingers and they are almost black from the newsprint that has worn off. No way would I want any food wrapped in that stuff. Blech!
     
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    I vaguely remember that it was to do with hygiene, recycled material isn't going to be particularly clean, no?
     
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    They wrapped the fish with newsprint? For people to eat? Where's the puking smiley when I need it?
     
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    They do that in a F&C place right down in a nearby peir here... very yummy.. i could go for some right now [​IMG] Warm and greasy, with malt vinegar and tartar sauce slathered all over the fried fish.
     
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    Ohyeah, they do have that wax paper between the fish and the newspaper...
     
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    Off topic, my 17-year old brother's working at a recording studio in Sheppards Bush for a few weeks, and last night he went to a pub after work, with Blur, played pool with Damon Albarn, and beat him. Apparently. Pretty cool story, anyway, back to topic. Being British, you might think I'd have something valuable to contribute to this discussion, but I don't remember the last time I ate fish and chips, so my participation has been completely worthless. Carry on.
     
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    There's a chap a ways north of where I live who has brought this tradition to his fish and chips shop. He (of course) wraps his yummy fish (customer's choice) and chips in wax paper, then the whole package is wrapped in newspaper. It has been a while since I've been there. Maybe it's high time I revisit this English specialty again.
     

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