Food Packaging Chemicals
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nine consumer and environmental health groups petitioned the food and drug administration this week seeking a ban on the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. The petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (pfcs) that keep grease out of paper and paperboard, such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers.
These chemicals have the potential to harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, pre- and post-natal brain development and cause cancer, stated the petition signatories. The perchlorate petition stemmed, in part, from data nrdc received from a freedom of information act request for scientific assessments fda used to grant approval for the chemical’s use in 2005. The groups argue that the agency’s data were flawed.
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