Boston Magazine - Study: Fast Food Is Bad for You, Inside and Out

February 2, 2017

By: Jamie Ducharme

A new analysis says fast food packagin may contain harmful chemicals

Excerpt: It isn’t just burgers and fries that are bad for you. A new study says even fast food packaging may be harmful to your health.

The research, out of Newton’s Silent Spring Institute, says the greaseproof wrapper or box encasing your dinner may contain harmful chemicals that can seep into your food. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Silent Spring tested about 400 packaging samples from 27 fast food chains for fluorine, a marker for a potentially harmful class of chemicals called PFASs. Some PFASs, which are steadily being phased out in the United States, have been linked to conditions including high cholesterol, thyroid problems, cancer, immune disruption, and low infant birth weights. ...

Six samples tested positive for a long-chain PFAS called perfluorooctanoic acid, which several U.S. manufacturers have voluntarily stopped using due to toxicity concerns.

Chemicals in Food Packaging