According to a recall report posted on thetakeout.com, the recent Skittles recall has exposed how food packaging can be dangerous to an unaware public. Although food packaging is necessary, it appears that many materials used at grocery stores and restaurants may be toxic and dangerous to people. Recently, the maker of Skittles, Starbursts, and Life Savers has issued recalls of those candy products due to unsafe food packaging materials. Mars Wrigley has reported that several varieties of Skittles Gummies, Starburst Gummies, and Life Savers Gummies are being recalled due to metal contamination found either in the bag or embedded into the gummies.
The news report states that Mars Wrigley has not explained what caused the metal contamination. Now people are beginning to wonder if any food packaging is safe.
Toxic “forever chemicals” Discovered in Fast Food Wrappers
In February, both Burger King and McDonald’s were sued for having high amounts of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their food packaging. PFAS experts believe that other fast-food companies will face similar class-action lawsuits due to “forever chemical” found in their food packaging. These restaurants could include Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, and Sweetgreen.
Polyfluoroalkyl substances (also known as PFAS) were introduced into food packaging because the PFAS make food containers and paper grease-resistant. PFAS belongs to the same group of chemicals that make clothing water-resistant and cookware nonstick. However, over the past several years, it’s been shown that these chemicals can cause severe health problems and these chemicals do not break down (biodegrade).
Burger King and McDonald’s have promised to stop using food packaging containing PFAS by 2025.
How to Stop Companies from Using Dangerous Food Packaging
The best way to safeguard the public is to outlaw the use of PFAS in all packaging. According to the news report, the Environmental Protection Agency has begun working on getting PFAS out of drinking water, and the agency has designated PFAS as hazardous substances. Other solutions include packaging that uses palm leaf and bamboo that is treated with bio-wax or clay instead of PFAS. These natural materials are free from microplastics, and they are compostable.
If you or a loved one developed cancer as a result of exposure to PFAS, you or your loved one could be entitled to receive substantial monetary compensation.
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