That french-fry container, pizza box or candy wrapper you use might contain toxic chemicals. Say what?
That’s what San Leandro’s own state Sen. Ellen Corbett thinks, and she is introducing new legislation tomorrow that would ban PFCs in food packaging that are linked in animal tests to cancer or reproductive harm.
According to Corbett, many food products — such as candy wrappers, microwave popcorn and pizza boxes — are coated with perflourinated chemicals (PFCs) that, when heated, leach into the food product and break down into perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perflourooctane sulfate (PFOS), both of which are toxic.
“Despite the fact that most consumers believe the packaging surrounding their food is safe, the reality is that certain food packaging contains toxic chemicals that can cause harm to children’s health and the environment,” Corbett said in a press release.