Health Risks Of Packaged Consumables

Types Of Consumable Packages And Their Health Risk

March 15, 2017

In celebration of World Consumers Rights Day held every march 15, I thought it wise if we all know the health risks involved in
packaged consumables also known as food contact materials (FCM).

Many of the synthetic chemicals involved in packaging and storing the food we eat can leak into it, potentially harming our long-term health, say environmental scientists in a paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Although some of these chemicals are regulated, people come into contact with them almost every day through packaged or processed foods. The authors of the commentary note that exposure is low, but it is chronic, as many of us eat such foods throughout our lives.

1. Glass: Glass may be recognized as a safe packaging material by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but some type of glass bottles used for storing liquids contain lead. Lead is a potent known neurotoxin and is known to interfere with several functions of the body. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of lead can cause vomiting, poisoning, and liver and kidney damage.

The metal caps used on the top of glass bottles and jars are also known to release a chemical contaminant called phthalate which has been linked to several disturbances in the hormonal (endocrine) system.

2. Energy drinks and beer cans:
Those thin aluminum and tin cans used to store refreshing beverages contain ortho-phenylphenol, a pesticide that is used kill bacteria and fungus; it is known to be carcinogenic.

3. Plastic packaging: Plastic usage for packaging foods was the greatest controversy that food industry had to face. A petition was filed requesting the American FDA to ban the use of plastic in packaging foods because of the presence of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is linked to several adverse effects on the brain and reproductive health in children. Currently, the FDA is awaiting results from pending research on effects of BPA.

4.Plastics for juice and milk cartons : These packaging materials are called polyolefins .They contain benzophenone, a compound that mimics a female reproductive hormone estrogen and interferes with reproductive health of women.

5. Paper:
Use of paper and cardboard boxes for packaging foods is also debatable. Studies have shown that printing ink from newspapers get leached into foods and may cause hormonal disturbances. Recycled paper boxes may be contaminated with diisobutyl phthalate and di- n -butyl phthalate which can cause digestion problems and severe toxicity.

Now, am not saying don't buy packaged consumables, just reduce the rate at which it is consumed, for all our sake, I hope a better solution is given.

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