Food packaging

Food packaging from McDonald’s, Burger King has been found to contain carcinogenic ‘eternal chemicals’. Now the trials are rolling: report

McDonald’s and Burger King were among a long list of national restaurant chains that were recently discovered to contain cancer-causing ‘eternal chemicals’ in their food packaging, and now it looks like they may have to pay for it. that.

A recent report from Consumer Report revealed the use of harmful chemicals, known as PFAS, in the packaging of several major chains, including Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Burger King. And now, according to a recent reportthe other shoe dropped with McDonald’s and Burger King the target of a trio of lawsuits following the findings.

  • ‘Further research is urgently needed’: Report says microplastics have been found in human blood for the first time
  • Uranium prevalent in U.S. drinking water, levels above acceptable levels more likely to be near ‘semi-urban’ areas: report

The lawsuits include one filed in the Southern District of Illinois on March 28 that allegedly “alleged that McDonald’s exposed consumers to elevated levels of PFA that have ‘a multitude of health effects.'” Another lawsuit similar was reportedly filed in California on March 30.

PFAS are bad news, having been linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, immune problems, liver damage…the list goes on.

They’re called “eternal chemicals” because they don’t break down naturally in the environment, hang around, or end up in our food and water supply. According to reports, many of us have been exposed to the chemicals before and probably have some level in our blood.

But PFAS aren’t things you want to voluntarily add to your body, and according to Consumer Reports, food packaging can be a fairly simple way to increase your intake of harmful substances. Because, he says, fatty and salty foods are more likely to absorb chemicals.

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

According to consumer reports“100 food packaging products from 24 restaurant and grocery store chains across the country in fall 2021” were tested.

At McDonald’s, the highest level of chemicals were reportedly found in bags of French fries, cookies, Chicken McNuggets and the Big Mac container. At Burger King, the list included the cookie, bags of French toast sticks, Whopper wrapper and bags of chicken nuggets.

Eight restaurants – Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, Nathan’s Famous, Taco Bell, Sweetgreen and Cava – “had at least one type of packaging,” which contained PFAS.

According to Consumer Reports, several restaurants, including Cava, Chipotle, Freshii, Panera Bread, Sweetgreen and Wendy’s have pledged to remove PFAS from their packaging by the end of 2021. Chick-fil-A says on its site that such packaging should “be phased out by the end of summer 2022”.

McDonald’s and Taco Bell have reportedly pledged to phase them out by 2025.

Burger King declined to comment on Today Food regarding the impending lawsuits. McDonald’s told the site that it “stands behind its commitment to the safety of its food and food packaging.”

“We removed a significant subset of PFAS, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), from all guest packaging globally in 2008,” he said in a statement. communicated. “Our goal continues to continue our product stewardship journey, including actions on our commitment to ensure that all added fluorine compounds are eliminated from our guest packaging materials globally by 2025. We are not agree with the plaintiffs’ allegations and will continue to defend ourselves against the unsubstantiated claims made in these complaints.