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Hundreds of chemicals cause cancer in plastic food packaging!

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 09 Jun, 2022

According to new research, plastic food packaging and containers contain hundreds of chemicals that cause infertility and gene mutations. The wrappings had 338 individual substances of concern that include 352 known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, and toxic to reproduction.

There were 22 hormones that endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and 32 endanger health with persistence and bioaccumulation. Studies demonstrated the presence of 127 of these molecules in food contact materials.

Plastic particles are hazardous and can transfer foods under actual conditions that are highly relevant for human exposure. The ingredients for manufacturing plastic polymers do not migrate from the finished packaging.

Studies provide scientific evidence that hundreds of harmful chemicals are lawfully used in FCMs in Europe, where people ingest these hazardous chemicals with their food.

Here is the list of priority chemicals that should immediately be phased out from use in food contact materials by policymakers. Prioritization allows manufacturers and researchers to improve safety for consumers.

The FCCoC list, among 30 monomers, included well-known plastic monomers such as acrylamide which is polymerized, styrene used to make polystyrene, and Bisphenol A, a monomer in polycarbonate plastics. Vinyl chloride is also used to produce polymer polyvinyl chloride.

Chemicals like Bisphenol A and several phthalates used to increase plastic flexibility, durability, and transparency have been restricted in Europe due to harmful properties.

Chemicals can leach into foods and thus the environment during manufacturing, use, disposal, and recycling. The hazardous chemicals identified are not only used as a monomer for epoxy resin production use in several other FCMs, including textile, adhesives, and printing inks.

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