Press Release: Hazardous Chemicals Associated with Food Packaging Found in the Body – New Research Across Europe Calls for a Strong Legislative Response.
A non-governmental organisation, Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) released a report on hazardous chemicals that are considered to be coming from food packaging, mainly plastics. The press release stated “Hazardous chemicals associated with food packaging have been found in high quantities in the human body”. The study involved testing subject’s urine samples for 28 chemicals, which included 17 phthalate metabolites and 11 phenol compounds.
This study is being used to call for stronger legislation on food-contact plastics. The research found that consumers are being exposed unknowingly to these chemicals through food. ZWE claims that the exposure level is high because of the packaging and this study will be used to further efforts to regulate and restrict certain plastic food contact materials.
Posted on 31 December 2020