Study by Switzerland-based Food Packaging Forum finds that more than 170 chemicals linked to infertility and cancer are legally used in US, Europe in food contact materials, including packaging

ZURICH , July 10, 2014 () – A new study has warned against the presence of hazardous chemicals in some food packaging that are linked to fertility and cancer.

Researchers involved in the study found that more than 170 dangerous chemicals are legally used in production of food packaging. It was warned that these toxic substances that can cause cancer and also alter genes can easily end up in meals taken by people. The researchers found the presence of some 175 chemicals that can seriously harm people. These substances were linked to interference in sperm production, disruption of hormone production in the body and genital malformations.

The researchers found that some cans, foil, pans and storage containers released substances in food at lower levels and these can be easily ingested by people on daily basis. The study was conducted by the Food Packaging Forum and it was stated that phthalates, which are used as plasticisers, can cause cancer and male fertility. Also, organotin and benzophenones compounds that are found in printing inks were also found by the researchers.

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