Nobody should ever have to worry about toxic substances making their way into our food. Yet, if you ask around, most consumers have no idea about the composition of the packaging wrapping their food and drinks, and how this might affect them. Here are nine fact cards to illustrate why we are concerned.
To illustrate how chemicals in food wrappings can impact people’s health, HEAL developed an infographic and a set of fact cards, available for download in multiple languages*. To read more about our campaign on food contact materials, click here.
1 – Chemicals used for packaging our food can put our health at risk
2 – 8,000 chemicals can come in contact with our food during processing. Not all have been tested for toxicity
3 – At least 63 chemicals used in plastic food packaging are toxic to health
4 – Only 5 of 17 materials used for processing or packaging food are regulated at European level
5 – Paper, cardboard and printing inks used for food packaging are not regulated at the European level
6 – Some plastic products are more toxic than others
7 – Health effects of chemicals used in food packaging include cancer, reproductive disorders or hormone disruption
8 – Known substances of very high concern are still tolerated in food contact materials
9 – There is a need to address the mixtures of chemicals in food contact articles
* We thank WECF France, ARNIKA, and Fundación Alborada for supporting the translations into French, Czech and Spanish.