Natural Health News – The Food and Drug Administration US has announced it is to ban three chemicals fat resistant packaging of food.
The chemicals, known as perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, are linked to cancer, birth defects, and are commonly used in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wraps and other food packaging.
Environmental groups have spent more than a decade to raise the alarm about the PFC and the FDA decision comes five years after the US chemical companies stopped making chemicals.
ban FDA which comes into force on February 1, comes in response to a petition filed by the Defense Council Natural Resources, the Center for Food Safety, the Cancer Fund Mama, the Center for Environmental health, drinking water Action, the Center for Science in the public interest, Environmental health Network of children, child Environment Improvement and Environmental Working Group (EWG). what you need to know
concerns about the use of perfluorinated chemicals in nonstick cookware (PFC), indicating possible links to birth defects
“ Activists and scientists have, for years, emerged, heart disease and other health problems.
“ In response to a request from a coalition of activists in 2014, the FDA announced that finally three types of PFCs used in the packaging of fast food ban .
“ The ban is good news, but activists say there are many more chemicals in our food packaging whose toxicity is still unknown and types of news of PFC can be as toxic as the old ones.
The groups argued that despite the three chemicals – diethanolamine salts of mono- and bis phosphates, pentanoic, and perfluoroalkyl – stopped being manufactured in the USA in 2011, the possibility of food packaging with these chemicals, made in other countries may be imported into the United States remained. The groups asked the FDA to keep them from its list of approved materials in contact with food.
Even more untested chemicals out there
is good news, but lovers takeaways still have to be aware of the chemicals are still used that could leach into your food. According to EWG, the ban does nothing to prevent food processors and packagers use of other chemicals in food packaging that can also be dangerous.
“industrial chemicals that pollute the blood of people clearly have no place in food packaging,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “However, the FDA takes over 10 years to realize that, and prohibits only three chemicals that were even more.
“This is another blatant example of how, all too often, regulatory actions under the chemical laws broken nation are too little and too late to protect the health of Americans. Congress should ensure that products chemicals that make their way into the food, either as deliberate additives or contaminants packaging and other external sources, are investigated thoroughly. “
In another statement, Erik Olson, director of the health program NRDC, said “the FDA ban is an important first step, but only a first step towards improving the safety of our food supply.”
PFC newer still on the market, also
PFCs are a class that includes the chemicals used to make Teflon from DuPont and 3M Scotchgard. EWG says that, through use in thousands of consumer products, PFCs have contaminated the blood of virtually all Americans (and indeed people and wildlife around the world).
During the last decade, chemical companies have introduced dozens of similar chemicals to the steps in the framework of the EPA-led operation. The FDA has approved nearly 100 other PFC compounds for use in food packaging.
“We know very little about the safety of these next-generation PFC food wrappers,” said EWG Senior Scientist David Andrews, which analyzes the most recent FDA approvals. “However, its chemical structure is very similar to those that have been eliminated, and the very limited safety testing has been done suggests that they may have some of the same health risks. To protect the health of Americans, FDA and EPA should require that chemicals proved safe before they are allowed on the market. “
And in Europe?
In the European Union the regulation of chemicals in food packaging paper and cardboard is considered insufficient. In August 2015, the Danish government announced a limit of advice on the use of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in food packaging paper and cardboard. The measure according to the environment minister Eva Kjer Jansen was to show that “Consumer safety is paramount and should not be fluoridated harmful in the paper and paperboard in contact with our food substances.” However, as no direct consequences for companies that do not comply it is difficult to say how effective it will be.
In Germany similar limits apply, but the need for a Europe-wide solution to the use of PFCs in food packaging has not been implemented.
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) a study to assess whether additional EU measures are necessary for the regulation of non-plastic materials in contact with food (FCMs ), such as paper and cardboard.
A large REACH restriction in the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and related substances in the EU is also discussed.