Dump hazardous plastic packaging chemicals, say scientists

The first attempt at building a comprehensive database of substances associated with plastic packaging has found many should be taken out of use.

Tomatoes wrapped in plastic
The EU's regulation of food contact materials has regulatory gaps, according to the paper

The first attempt at building a comprehensive database of substances associated with plastic packaging has found many should be taken out of use.

The plastics used contain far more than the polymer displayed on the recycling label, according to an international team of researchers. Among them can be a variety of toxic and endocrine disrupting substances that should be marked for substitution, according to the paper, published yesterday in the Science of the Total Environment journal.

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