Chemicals in food packaging may be harmful
New research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says that synthetic chemicals used in the packaging of food items might leach into the foods we eat and pose harm to humans over the long term.
Even though some of the chemicals used in food packaging are regulated, the team of environmental scientists contends that people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives. The researchers say that FCMs – food contact materials – contain some potentially haarmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, bisphenol A, triclosan, tributylin and phthalates.
Researchers say that these FCMs are not tested for potential cellular or hormonal changes in humans when they undergo routine toxicology analysis, which, say the scientists, casts doubt on the adequacy of chemical regulatory procedures.
The researchers argue that some sort of population-based assessment and biomonitoring are needed to understand the potential links between food contact chemicals and chronic conditions such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, neurological and inflammatory disorders.