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New study finds toxic PFAS 'forever chemicals' in Canadian fast-food packaging

searchers at the University of Toronto, Indiana University and University of Notre Dame have detected levels of toxic PFAS chemicals—short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—for the first time in Canadian fast-food packaging, specifically water-and-grease repellent paper alternatives to plastic. Published today in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, the findings suggest that food packaging exposes people directly to PFAS, which have been linked to serious health effects such as increased cancer risk and immune system damage, by contaminating the food they eat. Further, once discarded packaging enters waste streams, PFAS enter the environment, where these "forever chemicals" will never break down. These health and environmental risks have prompted 11 U.S. states to ban PFAS from most food packaging, and two major restaurant chains to commit to becoming PFAS-free by 2025.



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  • Albert Dexter

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    • Kevin

      44 w

      This is a very sad scenario

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      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

        44 w

        This is sad,it needs to stop

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        • Edwin wangombe

          44 w

          It's frightening and sad... You mean one might be eat something that makes them sick

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          • rosebellendiritu

            44 w

            @edwin_wangombe how unfortunate that could be🤔

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          • George Kariuki

            44 w

            This is very dangerous and should be looked into immediately.

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              44 w

              This is very serious and necessary actions should be taken

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              • Rashid Kamau

                44 w

                We need to take action on the full class of these toxic “forever chemicals” to clean them up, phase them out, and then ban them for good.

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                • Grace Njeri

                  44 w

                  @rashid_kamau Banning of fast food packaging is the only significant way to deal with such.

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                • Annett Michuki..

                  44 w

                  greed for money leaves people feeding on unsafe packagings

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                  • Princess

                    44 w

                    It's important for regulatory bodies to address this issue to protect both consumers and the environment.

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