Alert! Hidden toxins in fast food packaging may increase risk of cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 03, 2017

Can’t imagine your life without pizzas, French fries and burgers, you should seriously think of making the dramatic change of shifting your cravings from fast foods to healthy foods. Fast foods that come packed in greaseproof paper containing fluorinated compounds may cause developmental problems in children, decrease fertility and may increase risk of cancer, Researchers warned.



The findings showed that food packaging contains more than two dozen toxic chemicals, including a phased-out substance called PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), also known as PFCs, that come mostly from older, recycled materials or other undetermined sources.

According to the lead author of the study, Laurel Schaider, an environmental chemist at Silent Spring Institute, these chemicals have been linked with numerous health problems. Children are especially at risk for health effects because their developing bodies are more vulnerable to toxic chemicals.  

“Exposure to some PFASs has also been associated with cancer, thyroid disease, immune suppression, low birth weight, and decreased fertility," Schaider added.

The results showed that almost half of paper wrappers (e.g., burger wrappers and pastry bags) and 20 per cent of paperboard samples (e.g., boxes for fries and pizza) contained fluorine. Tex-Mex food packaging and dessert and bread wrappers, in particular, were most likely to contain fluorine compared with other categories of packaging.

Apart from food packaging, the chemical is also used in an array of non-stick, stain-resistant cookware -- and in waterproof products, including carpeting, outdoor apparel.

This study published in the journal Enviromental Science & Technology Letters.


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