A third of fast food wrappers test positive for chemicals linked to negative health effects
- By Kendra Pierre-Louis Yesterday at 10:44am
It’s a super-sized problem. Fast food packaging has to resist the grease of fried chicken, burgers and french fries, but according to a new study, there’s a price:
Synthetic chemicals can leach into the food you’re eating, as well as into groundwater, heightening the risks of cancer and other diseases.
One third of paper packages tested positive for fluorinated chemicals, including PFOA, which manufacturers had agreed to phase out in 2011.
Countries like Denmark have found non-toxic alternatives and scientists are urging the FDA to do the same.