Even if you order the thin-crust Veggie Lovers pizza, what arrives at your door isn’t exactly healthy.
The box it comes in might contain toxic chemicals that are responsible for its grease-resistant surface, but the FDA is now taking action. Expect changes in food packaging ranging from pizza boxes to microwaveable bags of popcorn to the wax paper used to wrap up pastries, because the agency has officially decided to ban three types of perflouroalkyl ethyls, a class of chemicals that’s used in all of these common products.
Evidence of the toxicity of this class of chemicals has been available for over a decade, as Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs reports, and other advocacy groups are only cautiously optimistic about the ban. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has a petition to ban seven more harmful food additives and chemicals that “we believe--and government agencies such as the toxicology program at the National Institutes of Health have found--cause cancer.”
The ban will go into effect 30 days after it’s published in the Federal Register, but this process also includes the possibility of objections being filed. But with almost a dozen groups rallying behind the perflouroalkyl ethyl ban, there may be hope that the FDA would pass another addressing these other chemicals.
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