New study indicates chemicals from grocery stickers may be leaching into foods. Here’s what you need to know – CBC

Although BPA is tightly regulated, related compounds aren’t and are still used in food packaging

Apr 06, 2023

The next time you’re in the grocery store, you may want to take a look at how the fresh food is packaged.

According to new research, toxic chemicals similar to bisphenol A (BPA) are leaching from certain labels through packaging, and into the meat, seafood, produce and other foods purchased in some Canadian and U.S. grocery stores.

“We identified the thermal labels are a source [of BPA-like compounds] in our diet directly … so far in the world, no one had identified that the packaging could be a source of bisphenol S to the diet,” said Stéphane Bayen, a professor at McGill University in Montreal and senior author of the newly published study.

Bisphenol S (BPS) and BPA have been studied for their possible effects on health. Research has shown their ability to disrupt hormones and have negative effects on growth, brain function, the reproductive system and the immune system. Bisphenols have many applications and are frequently used in the manufacturing of various plastics and thermal paper.

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