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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.