Norwegian researchers reported that chemicals leaching from plastic food packaging may cause more concerning and widespread harm to health than previously realized, including developmental problems and hormone-related cancers.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals used in plastic food packaging may cause more concerning and widespread harm to health than previously realized, according to a new study in Ecotoxicology and Public Health.

Researchers led by Martin Wagner, Ph.D., a biologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, reported that dozens of packaging plastics and related ingredients leach into foods with unpredictable short- and long-term adverse health effects.

Wagner and co-workers collected 36 plastic food storage containers and plastic-packaged foods from retailers in the U.S., United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany and Norway.

Samples included representatives of the seven most-consumed plastics worldwide: high- and low-density polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyurethane (PUR) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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