According tomedia reports, environmental groups in a recent report that McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s and other major fast food restaurants in the food packaging, the discovery of the toxic pfAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluorocarbons), may have an impact on human health. The study tested 38 food packaging samples for PFAS, and almost half of the samples had positive fluorine content, indicating that pfAS were included in the package.
PFAS is a class of chemicals associated with cancer, liver damage, thyroid disease and developmental problems that most people come into contact with by eating contaminated food or beverages.
PFAS were found in food packaging such as Burger King’s Imperial, McDonald’s Big Mac and Chips, and Wendy’s cookies. In early August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it had reached an agreement with the three major food packaging manufacturers to phase out PFAS.
Burger King said it would work with suppliers to remove PFAS from all packaging within three years or where feasible.
McDonald’s responded that it had eliminated the major PFAS subset categories from McDonald’s food packaging around the world and was exploring further improvements with suppliers.
PFAS is a synthetic chemical found in many products, including food packaging, household cleaners and non-stick cookers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Certain types of PFA do not break down in the environment or in the human body, such as perfluorooctanoic acid, PFOA and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate, PFOS).