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Plasticizers Found in 84 out of 85 Foods, Prompting Calls for Regulatory Review

In a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports, an alarming 84 out of 85 supermarket and fast-food items were found to contain plasticizers known as phthalates, raising concerns about the potential health risks associated with these chemicals.

Reassess Plastic Safety in Food Production

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The non-profit consumer group called on regulators to reassess the safety of plastics used in food production. Its report shed light on the widespread presence of phthalates and bisphenols in popular food products.

Phthalates and Bisphenols in Foods Linked to Serious Health Risks

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Despite the increased awareness of the health risks posed by phthalates and bisphenols, the study found that these plasticizers persist in various food items. This can potentially disrupt the production and regulation of hormones and increasing the risk of numerous health problems, including birth defects, cancer, diabetes, infertility, neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity, and more.

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BPA and Bisphenols

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The study also revealed that 79% of the tested food samples contained bisphenol A (BPA) and other bisphenols, although at levels lower than those recorded in a similar study conducted in 2009.

Consumer Reports Sounds Alarm on Food Safety

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Consumer Reports also mentioned that none of the phthalate levels exceeded the limits set by U.S. and European regulators, but the absence of a scientifically confirmed safe level raised concerns about the overall safety of the foods consumed.

Consumer Reports Emphasizes the Need for Plasticizer Reassessment

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The group highlighted the need for a reassessment by regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to comprehensively evaluate the risks posed by plasticizers.

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Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli Tops Charts with Alarming Phthalate Levels

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Among the supermarket foods tested, Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli emerged with the highest phthalate levels, registering 53,579 nanograms per serving.

Many Other High Selling Brands Equally Bad

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Other products, such as Del Monte sliced peaches, Chicken of the Sea pink salmon, Cheerios, Gerber baby food, Yoplait yogurt, as well as various burgers, nuggets, and fries from major fast-food chains like Wendy’s, Burger King, and McDonald’s, also exhibited elevated phthalate levels.

 Elevated Phthalate Levels Found in Wendy’s, Burger King, and McDonald’s Products

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Interestingly, the study found variations in phthalate levels among similar products, emphasizing the potential for reducing these chemicals in our foods. For instance, Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Nuggets contained over four times the phthalate levels found in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, suggesting that modifications in food production practices could contribute to minimizing exposure to these harmful substances.

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Need For Regulatory Reassessment

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Consumer Reports concluded the study by underscoring the urgent need for a regulatory reassessment of plasticizers and their impact on food safety.

Polar Seltzer Stands Alone

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While Polar raspberry lime seltzer stood out as the only product tested with no detectable phthalates, major companies like General Mills, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chicken of the Sea, and Del Monte remained silent or provided assurances from their suppliers regarding the absence of intentionally added phthalates in their products.

Wake-up-call

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The study has ignited a call for action to safeguard consumer health and prompt comprehensive measures to mitigate the risks associated with plastics in food.

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