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Consumer Reports Says Fast Food Wrappers Contain Carcinogenic Chemicals ‘Forever’

According to PennLivea report recently published by Consumer Reports have found that fast food outlets such as McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Burger King and other fast food restaurants have “forever” toxic chemicals known as PFAs in the packaging.

PennLive reported that PFAs are called “forever” chemicals because they do not break down naturally in the environment. They end up hanging out in our food and water supply. It is also reported that many of us have been exposed to these chemicals before and they are likely in our bloodstream.

PennLive also reported that PFAs have been linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, immune problems, liver damage, and more.

“We know that these substances migrate into the food you eat,” Justin Boucher, environmental engineer at the Food Packaging Forum, told Consumer Reports. “It’s clear, direct exposure.”

Eight different fast food restaurants contained PFAs with at least one type of packaging. These restaurants, according to PennLive were: McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Nathan’s Famous, Taco Bell, Cava and Sweetgreen.

On the rise, PennLive reported that restaurants such as Chipotle, Cava, Panera Bread, Freshii, Wendy’s and Sweetgreen have pledged to remove PFAs from their packaging by the end of 2021. McDonald’s and Taco Bell have also reportedly pledged to remove PFAs from their packaging. 2025.