CHEM Trust: New study identifies hundreds of harmful chemicals used in food contact materials

A new peer-reviewed study published by the Food Packaging Forum and others has found that food contact materials could contain up to 388 harmful chemicals, which should be phased out urgently.

The study, published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, identifies 388 Food Contact Chemicals of Concern (FCCoC) that could be used in food contact materials. Of these 388:

  • 352 are known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMRs);
  • 22 are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs);
  • 32 are chemicals with persistence and bioaccumulation-related hazards.

Peer-reviewed studies have shown the presence of 127 of these chemicals in food contact materials.

Read more in the blog from CHEM Trust.