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Kevin Loria joins the dialog to speak about his latest Consumer Reports article about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), in grocery and restaurant meals, “Dangerous PFAS Chemicals Are in Your Food Packaging.” The journal discovered PFAS within the majority of 100 meals packaging supplies they examined, together with off-the-shelf meals at grocers and Burger King, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and different eating places’ to-go packaging. Sometimes, the chemical compounds had been unintentionally launched within the manufacturing course of, however most had been deliberately added to forestall grease, oil, or liquid leakage. Banned PFAS proceed to indicate up in new merchandise, probably as a result of they could be picked up from recycled supplies, the surroundings, water provides, or the soil.
Referred to as “without end chemical compounds,” PFAS are everywhere, together with nonstick pans, cleansing provides, shampoos, and cosmetics — there can be no avoiding them till customers demand their use be banned. New PFAS are continually invented and launched into the meals provide chain regardless of rising scientific proof that they contribute to cancers, immune system issues, and low beginning weights. Kevin explains find out how to keep away from PFAS when purchasing and consuming out. The article is on the market free; to be taught extra, go to Consumer Reports at consumerreports.org.
This podcast initially aired on May 25, 2022.