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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dangerous Chemicals in Food Wrappers & Microwave Popcorn Bags May Make Way Into Human Blood

SHOCK: University of Toronto scientists have discovered that chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food. It is being ingested by people and is suspected of contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood. So, you should be very wary about those wrappers on foods you and your children love to eat.
Perfluorinated carboxylic acids or PFCAs are the breakdown products of chemicals used to make non-stick and water- and stain-repellent products ranging from kitchen pans to clothing to food packaging. PFCAs, the best known of which is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are found in humans all around the world.

"We suspected that a major source of human PFCA exposure may be the consumption and metabolism of polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters or PAPs," says Jessica D'eon, a graduate student in the University of Toronto's Department of Chemistry. "PAPs are applied as greaseproofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags."

In the U of T study, rats were exposed to PAPs either orally or by injection and monitored for a three-week period to track the concentrations of the PAPs and PFCA metabolites, including PFOA, in their blood. Human exposure to PAPs had already been established by the scientists in a previous study. Researchers used the PAP concentrations previously observed in human blood together with the PAP and PFCA concentrations observed in the rats to calculate human PFOA exposure from PAP metabolism. Source: Science Daily
Read more:  Dangerous Chemicals in Food Wrappers Likely Migrating to Humans | Science Daily
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