An alleged movie worker showed how the cheese for your nachos is really made in a video which can also be seen here, though some are more concerned with how clean it is.
“The nacho cheese isn’t homemade, and you probably got cancer from the hot plastic bag,” TikTok user @melxmamaz wrote, as she showed herself loading the machine with hot plastic. cheese. “Exhibiting movie theaters,” reads the text on the screen.
A plastic bag of cheese is attached to a tube, before being placed in a lower tray, with the spout down. The attached tube is then guided through the machine to the pump at the bottom. Another bag of cheese is then loaded into the heating tray above.
According to Funacho, a retailer of nacho cheese machines, pouches should be heated for at least four hours until the cheese reaches 140F before being opened. Once opened, it is then necessary to keep it at 140F at all times. The cheese will keep for five days once opened.
Viewers were less than shocked that the cheese isn’t homemade, adding that they “didn’t expect you to make a roux in your back and stir up Monterey Jack.”
However, the use of a plastic bag with heat has concerned other people, although the claim that it is carcinogenic cannot be verified, nor the claims that plastic causes cancer in it. general.
When it comes to whether the plastic found in food containers is cariogenic, research tilts both ways. Some analyzes have suggested that plastics can leach chemicals if scratched or heated, and the problem often lies with bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.
In the United States, DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate) is a substance classified as being reasonably suspected of being carcinogenic to humans. In 2011, the classification of DEHP by the International Agency for Research on Cancer was raised to group 2B, possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on evidence that it causes cancer in laboratory animals.
Over the years, Congress has also banned the use of plastics containing more than 0.1% of the eight phthalates in children’s toys.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is another chemical used to soften plastics, which can be found in food and beverage containers. Although the FDA considers that, “based on its most recent safety assessment, BPA is safe at current levels found in foods,” widespread concern has led the industry to stop the use of BPA in food. bottles, cups and infant formula packaging.
Different states have different regulations on the use of BPA in consumer products, for example Connecticut has banned its use in thermal receipts, due to concerns about the health of unborn babies when handled in large quantities. by pregnant cashiers.
The carcinogenic claims of heated bags by the user of TikTok are difficult to verify, even with a list of ingredients available, as chemicals and plastics are still the subject of ongoing research and studies by huge organizations, many of which achieve different results and perspectives.
The video raised other concerns as well, but for one factor Mel didn’t point out the lack of cleanliness inside the machine. Old cheese can be seen sitting inside the machine, as the bags are replaced and changed, leading viewers to beg workers to clean it up.
“Please take the machine apart and clean it. It can’t be that hard,” one user wrote.
Older videos of the TikTok user also show her “exposing” how other menu items are made, including the popcorn “butter” actually being an oil.
News week contacted @melxmamaz for comment.