Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects

Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to launch a probe into the consequences of using phthalates in fast-food packaging.

Phthalates can be described as a chemical that has been banned in other household products. But its ongoing use in fast-food wrappers, cups and cartons has raised concerns among health experts and many politicians.

In a letter to the federal agency, Schumer underlined that six forms of the controversial chemical have already been banned from being used in toys and child care products.

Schumer wrote in the latter, “The studies are clear: the link between these chemicals does have an impact on the body, and not a very good one. That is why I am asking the FDA to launch a formal investigation into the fast food products that wrap our burgers or subs, hold our drinks and contain our leftovers.”

Several studies have showed notable links between high levels of phthalates and increased levels of health risks.

In 2013, a study by N.Y. University researchers found that high levels of phthalates could boost insulin resistance in adolescents. A year later, a JAMA study found that pregnant women with high levels of phthalates faced a greater risk of delivering babies prematurely.