Food packaging may be a SILENT KILLER

19 February 2014

Food packaging is something we only really think about in terms of waste, but it could be MAKING US ALL DIE. Environmental scientists are warning that chemicals used in plastic wrappers and packaging could have a significant impact on our health, and over a lifetime could disrupt hormone production and alter our cells.


While your average food carton isn’t going to slay you overnight, long term exposure to the chemicals in food packaging is becoming a major concern, according to experts writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (£1.99 with free binder!).

Scientists are concerned that potentially toxic substances are being widely used in food packaging. Formaldehyde is used willy nilly in fizzy drinks bottles and most packaging is a delicious smorgasbord of triclosan and dangerous pthalates.

‘Whereas the science for some of these substances is being debated and policy-makers struggle to satisfy the needs of stakeholders, consumers remain exposed to these chemicals daily, mostly unknowingly,’ they wrote.

‘Since most foods are packaged, and the entire population is likely to be exposed, it is of utmost importance that gaps in knowledge are reliably and rapidly filled.’

Essentially, science doesn’t know if packaging will kill us in the end. Common sense says it’s probably not very good for us. But there’s really nothing we can do about it in the meantime, apart from growing our own food, but then that’ll also be full of pesticides and pollution, too.

So anyway, enjoy your egg mayonnaise and formaldehyde sandwich and science will get back to you - maybe before you're on your death bed.

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   Health

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