Food packaging

Still chemicals found in fast food wrappers

this Analysis published by Consumer Reports Thursdays from “eternal chemicals” that have been found in some fast food packaging from popular fast food chains.

PFAS has been classified as “eternal chemicals” because the compounds are man-made chemicals that cannot break down in the environment.

The analysis showed that this class of chemicals was found in excessive quantities in the packaging of certain products of Burger King, Chickfil A, Stop & Shop, Sweet Green, Nathan Vamos, Kava & Arby’s.

Nathan’s Famous recorded the highest PFAS indicators, 876 ppm (parts per million) for one bag of accompaniments and 816 ppm for another bag of accompaniments.

The report said Denmark allows a maximum of 20 parts per million for the chemical and California is aiming for less than 100 parts per million by 2023.

“We know from our testing that it’s possible for retailers to use packaging with very low levels of PFAS,” said Brian Runholm, director of food policy at CR. “So the good news is that companies can take steps now to reduce their use of these dangerous chemicals.”

Consumer Reports says it tested 118 food products with multiple samples from more than two dozen stores and fast food restaurants in Connecticut, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

The samples were taken between August and November last year, with the group saying their findings did not represent all of the establishments’ products and that the companies could have changed their packaging at the time the report was published.

Other products that saw significant volumes of PFAS include Arby’s Cookie Bag, Children’s Cava Tray, and McDonald’s French Fries Bag.

The chemical has been found to negatively affect a person’s immune system and disease response.

The group recommends avoiding places known to be high in PFAS in their packaging, removing food from packaging as quickly as possible, and not heating food in its original packaging.