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Even Organic Foods Can Be Tainted With Packaging Chemical Perchlorate

March 19, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Only 40 synthetic compounds are approved for use in organic food products, but a new report finds that choosing organic at the grocery store doesn’t always prevent exposure to harmful chemicals. One important “additive” approved by the FDA 14 years ago for use in packaging is the chemical perchlorate. According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), perchlorate has been contaminating a growing amount of food – infant formula, rice-based baby cereals, and dairy products – since 2005, and has had an enormous impact on the health of fetuses and young children: it is associated with significant declines in IQ, among other effects. The EWG and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have asked the FDA to ban the chemical in food and have talked to food companies about testing food products for perchlorate. Some states are also considering whether to take action.[Image Credit: © Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay.com]
Rachel Cernansky, "The Dangerous Food Additive That’s Not on the Label", Civil Eats, March 19, 2019, © Civil Eats
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