New cancer fear from food packaging

Researchers from the Danish Steins Laboratory have revealed evidence that packaged food ranging from sliced meat to ice popsicles may contain dangerously high levels of carcinogenic substances. The new evidence revolves around multi-layered plastic laminates and heavy-grade plastic wrappings.

The packaging materials in question are composed of several layers of thinner film, which are usually amalgamated together with glue containing aromatic amines. These adhesive agents have been identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as carcinogenic. The problem arises when the carcinogenic residues from the glue move into the food. Aromatic amines have also been linked to an increase in allergies in the developed world.

The Danish research laboratory tested several hundred samples taken from products sold all over Europe. The test results showed that an astonishing eight out of the ten products tested contained carcinogenic glue residues in amounts 30 to 40 times higher than the recommended safe limits.

The research was published in Borsens Nyhedsmagasin, Denmark’s leading business magazine. Steins Laboratory is the same independent laboratory that has been contracted by the Danish government to carry out mad cow disease tests.


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