The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to cut the health and environmental impact of hazardous chemicals in materials intended to come into contact with food.
Amid inadequate testing and a lack of regulation, we’re all eating “forever chemicals.”
They are called the ‘forever chemicals’. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS (pronounced simply as P-fas), are part of a family of thousands of chemicals found in everyday objects, such as food packaging. They are in our bodies and in nature, but you may not be familiar with them – and you are not … Euronews: You are what you eat – and what you eat out of : how industrial chemicals contribute our bodies
Chinese consumers who order takeaway food five to 10 times monthly could ingest 145 to a staggering 5,520 pieces of microplastics due to atmospheric sediment or particles flaking from the inner container surfaces.
A cocktail of chemical pollutants measured in people’s bodies has been linked to falling semen quality by new research. Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe. … The Guardian: Cocktail of chemical pollutants linked to falling sperm quality in research
A recent study led by the Food Packaging Forum has identified a list of 388 chemicals of concern used in food contact materials, some of which are carcinogenic or build up in the environment, which it says must a priority for phasing out as part of the EU’s Chemical Strategy …
Plastic food packaging and containers can contain hundreds of chemicals that cause cancer, infertility and gene mutations, according to new research. The wrappings had 388 individual “substances of concern,” including 352 known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction, which are dubbed CMRs. A further 22 were hormone- or endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and 32 … Newsweek: Plastic Food Packaging Can Contain Hundreds of Chemicals That Cause Cancer, Infertility: Study
Under pressure from consumer organisation foodwatch, the European Commission has established limits for the presence of MOAH in food products.
Scientists have identified more than 3,000 potentially harmful chemicals that can be found in food packaging and other food-related materials, two-thirds of which were not previously known to be in contact with food. An international group of scientists analyzed more than 1,200 scientific studies where chemicals had been measured in food packaging, processing equipment, tableware … The Guardian: More than 3,000 potentially harmful chemicals found in food packaging
Health care practitioners and regulators need to address the chemicals in everyday products that are in part spurring the obesity crisis.