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Consumer Reports investigates potentially dangerous chemicals in fast food packaging

Scientists have found potentially dangerous chemicals on common food packaging. Consumer reports Survey of the contents of some fast food packaging. Scientists are hard at work testing more than 100 food packaging products for so-called chemicals forever or PFAS from popular retailers and what they found is cause for concern. “We found PFAS in many types of packaging. In the packaging of fast food and grocery stores. We’ve even found it in packaging from places that say they’re moving away from PFAS,” said Consumer Reports editor Kevin Loria. PFAS, also known as the forever chemicals because they typically don’t break down in landfills, have been linked to serious health issues such as increased risk of certain cancers, reduced immunity and liver damage. food packaging, is it also in food? “PFAS can migrate from wrappers to the food you eat, like that hamburger wrapped in PFAS-containing paper, or that salad in a molded-fiber bowl,” Loria said. Research even suggests that people who regularly eat out may indeed have higher levels of PFAS in their blood. Paper bags, molded fiber bowls and single-use plates had, on average, the highest PFAS levels of all food packaging tested. While take-out containers and paper bins had some of the lowest. In response to the CR, some companies pointed out that with PFAS so common in the environment, it is almost impossible to completely eliminate them. Many are also repackaging to phase out PFAS. Consumer Reports recommends that you take your takeout meals out of their packaging when you can and that you do not reheat your food in its packaging.

Scientists have found potentially dangerous chemicals on common food packaging.

Consumer reports Survey of the contents of some fast food packaging.

Scientists are hard at work testing more than 100 food packaging products for so-called chemicals forever or PFAS from popular retailers and what they found is cause for concern.

“We found PFAS in many types of packaging. In the packaging of fast food and grocery stores. We’ve even found it in packaging from places that say they’re moving away from PFAS,” said Consumer Reports editor Kevin Loria.

PFAS, also known as the forever chemicals because they don’t usually break down in landfills, have been linked to serious health issues such as an increased risk of certain cancers, decreased immunity and liver damage.

So if PFAS is in food packaging, is it also in food?

“PFAS can migrate from wrappers to the food you eat, like that hamburger wrapped in PFAS-containing paper, or that salad in a molded-fiber bowl,” Loria said.

Research even suggests that people who eat out regularly may indeed have higher levels of PFAS in their blood.

Paper bags, molded fiber bowls and single-use plates had, on average, the highest PFAS levels of all food packaging tested. While take-out containers and paper bins had some of the lowest.

In response to the CR, some companies pointed out that with PFAS so prevalent in the environment, it is almost impossible to completely eliminate them. Many are also repackaging to phase out PFAS.

“Yet more than half of the products we tested had low levels of PFAS, so there is clearly scope for companies to achieve lower levels,” Loria said.

In the meantime, Consumer Reports recommends taking your takeout food out of its packaging when you can and not reheating your food in its packaging.