If the Food's in Plastic, What's in the Food?
In an article run by the Washing Post today, writer Susan Freinkel reports on the disturbingly ubiquitous nature of plastic and its associated chemicals in food, as a result of contact with plastic packaging. She discusses a study conducted last year which showed that a descrease in the use of food in plastic packaging significantly lowered bisphenol-A levels in the body, and discusses the complexity and conflicting opinions presented by different organizations. Freinkel also discusses the shortcomings of the FDA studies conducted so far, pointing out that while the FDA often assumes that small doses of toxic chemicals can be safe for human consumption,
"...Critics now question that logic. For one thing, it doesn’t take into account the emerging science on chemicals that interfere with natural hormones and might be harmful at much lower doses than has been thought to cause health problems. Animal studies have found that exposing fetuses to doses of BPA below the FDA’s safety threshold can affect breast and prostate cells, brain structure and chemistry, and even later behavior."
Freinkel calls into question a number of flaws the FDA has exhibited in its descision-making processes, and provides a comprehensive look at the way contact with plastic affects food. For the full story, please see the article on the Washington Post here.