Considering that chopsticks, which enter the mouth, are “part of the food” that people eat, HYOZAEMON has registered Virgin Lacquer™ as its trademark for pure non-synthetic lacquer. Since then, HYOZAEMON has been making chopsticks under its high safety standards by only using Virgin Lacquer™ for chopstick tips.
It was around 1970 that HYOZAEMON began to review the safety aspects of chopsticks.
A simple question from one mother inspired HYOZAEMON:
“My child is playing with a chopstick tip like a colored pencil and drawing a picture. Is it okay to put the chopstick tip that fades like that into the mouth?”
This was shocking to us.
Since those days, most Japanese chopsticks have been tipped with synthetic chemical paint. HYOZAEMON was also using synthetic chemical paint, without any doubt.Since the mother’s question to HYOZAEMON, the company has been sincerely thinking about true peace of mind and has been continuously making chopsticks as “part of the food” we eat.
We do not believe that abiding by the Food Sanitation Act, which serves as national food safety standards, ensures safety because the current national safety standards allow the same labeling of lacquer in all of the following cases:
① Synthetic chemical paint mixed with even one drop of non-synthetic lacquer
② A product in which synthetic chemical paint is applied, and then non-synthetic lacquer is applied only once on the surface.
③ Only 100% natural lacquer, applied from undercoat to finish
According to these standards, the manufacturers can state that the products include non-synthetic lacquer as an ingredient in the above cases.
The content rate of non-synthetic lacquer does not matter.
* Chopsticks with a natural beeswax finish, free of lacquer, are also available.