Concerns about Chemicals in Plastics Continue
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, commonly used in plastics and other materials that come in contact with food have been raising health concerns for about 10 years. Within the first five years, researchers working with the Endocrine Society found evidence linking the chemicals to a number of chronic conditions, including reproductive and thyroid problems, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain hormone-sensitive cancers.
Since then, improvements have been made—but concerns about the chemicals remain. While there is some regulation on the environmental use of chemicals, substances that come into contact with food—plastic containers, plastic wrap, and cans, for example—are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration because they are not actually added to foods/beverages.
Chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are still being used in some of these products. According to many experts, exposure to these chemicals over the course of a lifetime is a major health concern. Unborn babies are especially at risk from exposure while the endocrine system is developing.
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