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Fluorinated Chemicals Present in One-Third of Fast Food Packaging

According to a report by the Environmental Science and Technology Letters, one-third of the fast food packaging contained fluorinated chemicals. Fluorinated chemicals (also called PFASs) have been linked to adverse effects and cancer.

What Are Fluorinated Chemicals?

According to CNN, Fluorinated chemicals are favored for their grease-repellent properties and are used in everyday products which means consumers are exposed to them on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, these chemicals have been linked to cancer, elevated cholesterol, decreased fertility and developmental effects and decreased immune response in children. Health experts are concerned that while these chemicals are not supposed to be present in food, they can migrate from the packaging to the food.

Chemicals were most common in dessert and bread wrappers followed by sandwich and burger wrappers then paperboards (such as pizza boxes).

Potential Side-Effects of Fluorinated Chemical Exposure

High exposure to fluorinated chemicals can result in:

  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disease
  • Testicular cancer
  • Stunted brain development
  • Kidney Cancer

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