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Is There Plastic In My Food?

Is There Plastic In My Food?

 

Plastics are everywhere. They’re in our homes, clothes, cars, toys, and, alarmingly, they’re on our dinner plates. Researchers have confirmed that potentially harmful chemicals from plastics are in the nation’s food supply, which make their way into the human body.

A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives named plastic food packaging as a major source for these chemicals. Families were given food that was certifiably plastic-free for three days, and researchers compared the levels of chemicals found in plastic in their bodies.

The results were astounding: participants saw an average 2/3 drop in the levels of bisphenol A (BPA) present in their bodies. The controversial chemical has been linked in higher rates of cancer, heart disease, and a variety of reproductive health issues. Though BPA is banned in Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently rejected a ban on the chemical.

The FDA’s system of measuring the concentration of chemicals is a major cause for concern here — in short, it doesn’t stack up with the decades of scientific research that shows even the lowest amounts of BPA can affect the human body.

Moreover, the FDA relies on manufacturers to self-report their initial data about their products, many components of which aren’t manufactured by the manufacturers themselves. These results aren’t made public.

As Janet Nudelman of the Breast Cancer Fund told the Washington Post, “It doesn’t make sense to regulate the safety of food and then put the food in an unsafe package.”

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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11:40PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

It's awfully hard to avoid plastic packaging. Even if things don't come in plastic, how often do they end up stuck in a zipper bag?

9:33AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

given the way our refrigerators work if you do not store your veggies in plastic they dry out far too quickly.

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Not surprising as there are so many unnatural and things that we are not able to properly digest put in our foods these days to save money and to have a longer shelf life!

12:49AM PDT on May 7, 2012

blek

11:10PM PDT on May 6, 2012

Unbelievable! I can't believe with all the hulabaloo in the last how many years about getting BPA OUT of everything that the FDA wouldn't just automaticly reject it! What a bunch of idiots! I guess they like watching all their friends and family suffer and die from cancer.

1:54PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Very unfortunate. Buy local and be mindful of the packaging!

6:14AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

I wish I believed the FDA was watching instead of steadily partnering with corporate america.

9:25AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

FDA and the US is always behind other countries in what is good for us. I recently decided to switch to Purex for storage and cooking. They now come with a BPA free cover.

11:55AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

ready,set,change.stop killing us.

11:00PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I would very happily return to glass.
We need to contunue to campaign against the use of plastics.

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