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    Friday, 3 February 2017

    New Study Highlights the Health Risks of Fast Food Packaging


    If you though the most unhealthy aspect of your fast food dinner was the food itself, think again! A new study published by the American Chemical Society suggests that the greatest danger actually comes from the packaging.

    This is due to the presence of compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), highly persistent synthetic chemicals some of which have been “associated with cancer, developmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, and other health effects.”

    Collecting samples from approximately 400 food packaging samples from fast food outlets throughout the US, the team from the American Chemical Society found that 46% of food contact papers and 20% of paperboard samples contained detectable fluorine. For dessert and bread wrappers this figure sits at 56%, whilst 38% of sandwich and burger wrappers also contain the compounds.

    Img source: American Chemical Society
    Further analysis, using liquid chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry and performed on a subset of 20 samples, also found traces of “perfluorocarboxylates, perfluorosulfonates, and other known PFASs and/or unidentified polyfluorinated compounds.”

    PFASs have long been known to contribute to a wide variety of health issues, including a heightened risk of cancer, a weakening of the immune system, an increase in cholesterol and a reduction in fertility. With the American Chemical Society’s new study now claiming that “the prevalence of fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging demonstrates their potentially significant contribution to dietary PFAS exposure and environmental contamination during production and disposal”, manufacturers, distributors and retailers need to make efforts to find a suitable replacement for the dangerous compounds.


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