Food packaging health concerns ‘alarmist’

In the editorial, environmental scientist Dr Jane Muncke of the Food Packaging Forum Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland and colleagues from the US and Spain called for more research into the impact of chemicals leaching from packaging into food. 

People who ate packaged or processed foods, the authors said, were more likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of toxic substances, such as formaldehyde, throughout their lives. 

The paper also pointed to the use of other chemicals, known to disrupt hormone production, such as bisphenol A, tributyltin, triclosan and phthalates, used in packaging.

“Whereas the science for some of these substances is being debated and policymakers struggle to satisfy the needs of stakeholders, consumers remain exposed to these chemicals daily, mostly unknowingly,” the authors said. 

However Dr Ian Musgrave, a senior lecturer in Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the