We all love it. Kids love it. But did you know that your favorite snack food could contain dangerous chemicals in the packages? Microwave popcorn bags can be coated with Teflon chemicals, which leach out into the food when it is heated. Paper coatings on popcorn bags are a potentially significant source of fluorochemicals [includes Teflon chemicals], according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (presentation at the Third International Symposium on Food Packaging, Barcelona, Spain, November 2004).
The company that makes Orville Redenbacher gourmet popcorn has admitted that it uses Teflon chemicals in its food packages, without specifying which ones. It said it had no intention of removing these dangerous chemicals from packages ().
The most notorious of the Teflon chemicals is C8, manufactured by DuPont. A panel of independent scientists advising the U.S. EPA concluded this June that C8 is likely to cause cancer in humans, and U.S. EPA considers C8 a cancer-causing agent for animals at low levels of exposure. Packaging used in popcorn bags and other greasy foods can contain fluorotelomers which break down into C8.
DuPont executives hid from the public medical studies that
show Teflon chemicals never break down in the environment, build up in
human blood and can cause reproductive health problems, developmental
defects, and cancer. Teflon chemicals are in the blood of 95% of Americans
and one direct pathway into human blood is through ingestion of chemicals
that come from food packages treated with Teflon chemicals.
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