Wednesday 24 January 2018

Food Packaging Linked to BPA Exposure in New Study

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post addressing a new report on plastics leaching harmful chemicals into food.

A new report released today continues the bad news. “This the first study to provide clear evidence that food packaging is a major source of BPA and DEHP exposure in children and adults,” says Julia Brody, executive director of the Silent Spring Institute, a Massachusetts-based non-profit that studies environmental factors in women’s health. Julia was referring to a study of San Francisco residents who experienced a 66% reduction in the BPA in their urine after a three day diet of fresh, organic, unpackaged foods. Other chemical traces also fell. The conclusion the report states is that people can reduce their exposure to hormone-disrupting chemical by eating less food from plastic containers and metal cans. For a full write up on the report click here.

As the number of studies increases linking food packaging to harmful chemical contamination an interesting liability question is raised. Should food manufacturers be held responsible for harm from food packaging? The new studies may lead to more lawsuits and are also likely to result in renewed interest from the FDA (the FDA in January expressed concern over BPA exposure to fetuses, infants and children).

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