Harmful substances found in fast food packages across Europe
BEUC NEWS - 09.03.2017
You won’t look at your burgers, fries or pizza packages the same way. Several lab tests across the EU have recently found that some fast food packages contain toxic substances. They are fluorinated compounds that damage the environment and potentially human health.
The analysis of the 65 samples of fast food packaging from across the EU showed that:
- In almost all samples the amount of fluorinated compounds exceeds a limit value which is recommended by the Danish food safety authorities.
- Toxic chemicals have been found in half of the sampled products. Some are on the EU’s list of Substances of Very High Concern, such as perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical that damages fertility and harms unborn children.
- Fries packages were the ones that contained most substances.
In this light, EU measures regulating paper and board that come in contact with food are necessary. Last October 2016, the EU Parliament rightly adopted a resolution asking the EU Commission to do so.