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Over 170 harmful chemicals are legally allowed in food packaging

7/18/2014 - More than 170 toxic chemicals banned from European consumer products such as computers and textiles are still allowed for use in food packaging, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Food Packaging Forum and published in the journal Food Additives & Contaminants. "Chemicals with...

Ban Poisonous Additives Act aims to replace BPA in food packaging with safer alternatives

7/10/2014 11:13:27 AM - U.S. Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has introduced new legislation that would phase out the use of the estrogen-like chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging, not just baby bottles and "sippy" cups. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Ban Poisonous Additives...

80% of what you buy at the grocery store is wrapped in toxic packaging; new store in Germany to eliminate all waste

6/18/2014 - It is a concept that has a long way to go before it gains wide acceptance in the U.S. and throughout the West, but it is nonetheless a reality now in Germany: The country has seen the opening of its first waste-free supermarket. And by waste-free, that mostly means "packaging-free." According...

Low exposure of chemicals in food packaging over the long term may pose health concerns

3/11/2014 - One aspect of continually eating foods packaged in plastics and other materials may be the prolonged low exposure of chemicals and other substances. A recent commentary published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health indicated that the substances in the packaging of many processed foods...

Independent research identifies cancer-causing chemicals in food packaging, fabric coatings

4/26/2012 - An independent scientific panel has determined that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8, a commercial substance produced by chemical giant DuPont, causes kidney and testicular cancer in humans. And because of how pervasive this chemical is -- more than 99 percent of Americans have PFOA...

Popular characters on food packaging may determine taste preferences of children

3/23/2011 - A new study released on March 7, 2011 in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicates that including a popular children`s media character on cereal boxes has a noticeable impact upon children`s preferences for the cereal. Research conducted by Matthew A. Lapierre, M.A., and colleagues...

Will plain cigarette packaging help deter smoking?

11/27/2010 - U.K. officials have come up with a new proposition they say may help deter smoking: make cigarette packaging plain. Starting next year, government authorities in the U.K. will require cigarette manufacturers to block cigarette displays in stores to protect children. But now they are considering asking...

Grocery Store Takes Back Product Packaging

8/1/2009 - The U.K. supermarket chain Tesco has launched a pilot program encouraging shoppers to leave behind any product packaging that they would rather go without, so that the store can recycle it for them. The program, modeled on a similar program that has met success in Germany, will run for six weeks...

Packaging Chemical Linked to Childhood Obesity

6/11/2009 - Phthalates used in food packaging could be linked to childhood obesity, according to two recent studies conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine that included research conducted on more than 900 children in East Harlem and surrounding communities. The studies have added to a growing body of evidence...

Most foods that display fruit on packaging don't actually have fruit, study finds

2/5/2007 - A recent study showed that more than half of the food and beverage products that clearly have fruit pictured on their packaging contain little to no actual fruit in the ingredients list. The study was conducted by the Prevention Institute, a Californian non-profit community health advocacy group....

One-third of food packaging contaminated with substance that may cause allergic reactions

8/7/2006 - A study by Britain's Food Standards Agency has found that one-third of food packaging is contaminated with latex, which can trigger potentially fatal allergic reactions in sensitive people. In some cases the latex on the packaging -- which is normally destroyed by heat during the sealing process...

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