There are significant knowledge gaps regarding the presence of nano- and microplastics in foods and their harmful effects on human health, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The document aims to support much-needed future exposure assessments, as well as the development of appropriate legislation and guidance documents on food production, processing, distribution, and consumption in relation to nano- and microplastics contamination.
Jane Muncke, Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Food Packaging Forum (FPF), a not-for-profit foundation for science communication and scientific research, explains how chemicals are transmitted to food and beverages and how the packaging industry can become more sustainable.
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