Consumer ProtectionStudy finds harmful substances in fast food packages across Europe

Members of the European Consumer Organisation BEUC from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Spain and Portugal have sounded the alarm with regard to study results indicating toxic substances in fast food packages. The findings stem from an analysis that included laboratory tests for 65 samples of fast food packaging from across the EU.

These are the central results:

  • In almost all samples, the amount of harmful fluorinated compounds exceeded the limit value that Danish food safety authorities recommend.
  • In 50 percent of the sampled products, toxic chemicals have been found. Some of these are on the EU’s list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), such as perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical that can potentially damage fertility and harm unborn children.
  • Fries packages were found to contain the most substances.

Source: The European Consumer Organisation BEUC

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