The modern world is becoming more aware of the bad health effects fast food has on a person’s diet. While experts criticize more and more the used recipes, there is another recent negative aspect that was brought to their attention. It seems that the fast food packaging too presents serious consequences that make it a major concern for people’s wellbeing.
Last week, a group of researchers together with the federal government published a paper that highlights a series of suspicious chemicals found in the fast food packaging. The authorities discovered that one in three products from restaurants that serve fast food was delivered in a container or material that tested positive for some serious health-threatening chemicals.
The discovered compounds are the same ones that producers use in different merchandise such as raincoats, carpets or furniture. They were also present in wrappers that are resistant to the grease that comes from sandwiches, but also in containers made of paperboard. Previous studies proved that such fluorochemicals could actually migrate from packages to the food itself. Others are concerned about the serious side effects these can cause to human health.
One of the authors of the paper, Arlene Blum who works at the Green Science Policy Institute and University of California, is worried about the results. She urges people to reassess if the fast food packaging that protects them from grease leakage is more important than their own health. These harmful compounds are more widely known as PFASs. Back days, even some manufacturers were convinced of its negative effects, so they withdrew products with PFASs on their own accord. More than ten years ago, they were aware of the chemical’s strong connection to testicular and kidney cancer, thyroid disease, and low birth weight.
Their toxic nature comes from the fact that their chemical formula is based on a long chain of carbon atoms. Even though they are in the presence of extremely high temperatures, they do not break down. On the other hand, these compounds are common throughout the world, and scientists found them in water, human blood, wildlife, soil, and sediment. The new study has described the FDA approval on commercial short-chained PFASs as not relevant enough.
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