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PFAS In Food Packaging



While eating out is a convenient and enjoyable experience its important to be aware of inconvenient truths around the packaging of our foods. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals that are used to make consumer products, including food packaging.


"PFAS do not break down easily and can remain in our bodies and the environment for years. Studies have revealed associations between increased exposure to PFAS and high cholesterol levels, asthma, decreased vaccine response, decreased kidney function, and developmental effects in children." (CEHN.org)


These toxic chemicals are found and often used to grease-proof wrappers of fast food and take away items such as hamburger and sandwich wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, and take-out containers. While some legislation is starting to gain traction it is important to be aware and take steps to reduce you and you families exposer to PFAS in Food packaging.


Tips:

  • Avoid microwave popcorn and greasy, and hot foods wrapped in paper.

  • Take fast food out of its wrapper or containers as soon as possible.

  • Transfer food to glass, porcelain, or microwave-safe pottery plates before heating leftovers in the microwave.

  • Bring your own reusable glass, porcelain, or microwave-safe tupperware for left overs when you go out to eat this is also environmentally responsible.

  • Bring clean glass, porcelain, or microwave-safe pottery and see if you can get to go item served in them - soup, drinks, ect.


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