Scientists Warn Chemicals In Pizza Boxes Endanger Human Health

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We all know that too much of anything isn’t good for us – especially when it comes to greasy fast food like pizza.   But now, we may have to worry about more than just what’s in the pizza.  According to recent studies, we should be wary of what the pizza is sitting in – as pizza boxes contain dangerous chemicals that are harmful to humans.

The Daily Times Gazette reports

Nutritionists have long warned people to limit the consumption of pizzas to maintain good health, but it is only recently that scientists warn about the health risk of its boxes too. This is due to the perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) or perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)– chemicals used to make things water-roof or grease-proof.

Due to this, hundreds of scientists are issuing a warning to ban the use of the chemicals mentioned in many products including pizza boxes. The use of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in Teflon products has been banned a few years back since it is believed that it contribute to higher risks of cancer. However, there are still some products that use such chemicals, except that they are in different forms.

A particular type of the chemical, the C8 is said to already come under fire. The researchers investigated the exposure and health effects of the emission of C8 from a DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia from 2005 to 2013. During this time, they found out that C8 exposure is related to high cholesterol levels, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney, cancer and pregnancy-inducedhypertension. Because of this, manufacturers in the United States aim to phase out C8 in all products by the end of 2015.

There are now available alternatives, which are generally shorter-chains, however these still need to be studied more to ensure human health and environmental health. In addition, these alternatives may be less effective which requires the manufacturers to use larger quantities of it to meet the demands of consumers. Then, this could also lead to bad health effects and environmental issues.

An Environmental Working Group (EWG) consultant and co-author Bill Walker said, “”The concern really is that we are replacing old chemicals, with new chemicals that have similar structures. We don’t want to repeat history again here.”

In contrast, industry leaders do not buy the claim. As DuPont spokeswoman Jane E. Smith said, “Regulators around the world have reviewed the data and approved these compounds as being safe for their intended uses.” In addition, according to The FluoroCouncil, a global organization representing the world’s leading fluoro-technology companies said that it should be considered that all fluorinated chemicals are not the same.


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