American Academy of Pediatrics Releases a Technical Report Regarding Food Additives, Food Packaging and Children’s Health

11/09/18

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A technical report was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in July 2018, expressing concern that increasing scientific evidence suggests synthetic chemicals potentially can have adverse effects on the health of children.  The chemicals in question are used as food additives, added directly to food during processing, and those chemicals that are indirectly added via packaging or manufacturing.  The chemicals in question have been noted in multiple studies to cause endocrine disruption and other adverse health effects, especially among developing children.  


Some of the chemicals of concern that were cited in the articles include the following:


• Phthalates  - Used in adhesives and plasticizers during the manufacturing process;

• Bisphenols (BPA) - Used to line the inside of metal cans to prevent corrosion; 

• Perfluoroalkyls Chemicals (PFC’s) – Used in paperboard food packaging and grease-proof paper;

• Perchlorate – An anti-static agent used in packaging in contact with dry foods


Legislation has been passed in some cases to limit/ban these chemicals in various products:


• BPA has recently been banned from plastic infant bottles and other plastic food contact items;

• Certain phthalates are limited to very low levels in toys and child care articles

• PFC’s have been regulated by the FDA as indirect food additives, some classes are banned


Associated Links:  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/2/e20181410


Any materials or articles that come into contact with food have the potential to contain chemicals or metals, or contaminants that could be leached into food. This includes any kinds of plasticware, glassware, ceramics, cutlery, crockery, and any types of food containers or packaging.   


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