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Beware of Packing Chemicals — Wellness Wire

July 07, 2009

Just when we thought that if we avoided polycarbonate and PVC we would be safe from toxic effects from plastics, out comes a new study, which appears in the Journal Science of the Total Environment, that shows that at least 50 chemicals found in packaging can mimic estrogen and effect hormones. The best known chemicals are bisphenol A (BPA), which mimics estrogen and is used to make polycarbonate, and phthalates, which are added to plastic to make it more flexible and is able to block the production of testosterone. The study is the first to survey the extent to which  the trace chemical residues migrate out of packaging into the foods and drinks. Chemicals detected include perfluorinated compounds, used to line containers to make them grease and water resistant; triclosan, an anti-bacterial compound that has leached into flour and rice from containers, and the biocide ortho-phenylphenol, which has been detected in beer.

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