BPA, phthalates “widespread” in supermarket foods, regardless of packaging, Consumer Report says (CBS News)

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    BPA, phthalates “widespread” in supermarket foods, regardless of packaging, Consumer Report says – By Elizabeth Napolitano (Moneywatch) / Jan 4, 2024

    Looking to reduce your exposure to plasticizers in the new year? Contrary to what you might think, shopping organic and avoiding plastic food packaging isn’t a surefire way to avoid harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalates.

    According to new research from Consumer Reports, phthalates and bisphenols — two chemicals linked to various health risks such as diabetes and hormone disruption — are “widespread” among supermarket staples and fast foods, regardless of their packaging and ingredients and whether or not they are certified organic.

    Researchers found that 99% of the supermarket and fast foods they tested contained phthalates, also known as plasticizers, which are chemicals that are added to plastics to make them more flexible. In addition, 79% of the food samples contained bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical used in plastic manufacturing, and other bisphenols. Both chemicals have been found in studies to be hazardous to health.

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