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Study finds fast food packaging rife with harmful chemicals

Study finds fast food packaging rife with harmful chemicals If the food itself wasn’t bad enough, new research finds highly fluorinated chemicals in fast-food greaseproof packaging. Now a comprehensive analysis of the prevalence of highly fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging finds they are even more prevalent there than thought. These chemicals have been linked to numerous health problems, so it’s concerning that person are potentially exposed to them in food, says Laurel Schneider, an environmental chemist at Silent Spring Institute and the study’s lead author.

Key Takeaways:

  • Advances in science have given us wonders and marvels … and no shortage of quiet disasters. Take highly fluorinated chemicals.
  • Highly fluorinated chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment and in wildlife because they are so frequently used and so stubbornly resistant to degradation. Virtually all Americans have them in their blood, where they can remain for years.
  • Encourage state and federal agencies to restrict the use of all fluorinated chemicals in consumer products.

“Highly fluorinated chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment and in wildlife because they are so frequently used and so stubbornly resistant to degradation.”

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/side-toxins-your-burger-study-finds-fast-food-packaging-rife-harmful-chemicals.html