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How Harmful Are Food Packaging Chemicals? Scientists Have No Idea

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posted on Feb, 20 2014 @ 03:14 AM

A recent article published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that food packaging chemicals could be doing our bodies more harm than we realize.

The article likened packaging chemicals to that of air pollution, though the exact effects of these chemicals are unknown. The concern that was primarily addressed in the article was that of food contact materials or FCM’s. These are the articles used in the packaging of food that come into direct contact with it and are often made of synthetic materials such as plastic or other such materials.

The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warn environmental scientists in a commentary in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

This is because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat, they say.

Despite the fact that some of these chemicals are regulated, people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives, say the authors.

And far too little is known about their long term impact, including at crucial stages of human development, such as in the womb, which is "surely not justified on scientific grounds," the authors claim.

Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term

Once again, our food quality is being questioned as to its safety for consumption
And until further tests are done and conclusive on the chemicals used in the packing process, , we have only to wonder what is in our food that we are eating from the packaging process that might affect us years later and to what extent if any

More studies do need to be done to see if there is any potential links between food contact chemicals and chronic conditions like cancer, obesity, diabetes, neurological and inflammatory disorders, particularly given the known role of environmental pollutants

Yes, it's best to eat organic but a majority of people don't
Most shop where it's the cheapest & convenient to buy

edit on 20-2-2014 by snarky412 because: spweeling

posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 02:37 PM
Cool find!

It would seem this is a no-brainer? Lot's of packaging HAS to leech into the food products unless it's glass. OT I still crack up that I refuse to cook in aluminum pans, but will wrap leftovers in tin foil. Everyone keeps going on about TPTB trying to bump off all the extra humans, but in reality our lifestyles & greedy companies are mostly to blame. We want everything instantly, perfect with no effort.

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