Consumer Reports tested 85 popular supermarket items and found concerning levels of phthalates — plastic chemicals linked to health issues — in all but one. Nearly 80% also had bisphenol A. The group is calling for regulators to ban the chemicals’ use in food production.
Nearly 100 popular U.S. supermarket foods and fast foods contain harmful levels of plastic chemicals, according to a recent study by the nonprofit advocacy group Consumer Reports (CR).
The group tested 85 food items and found phthalates — a “plasticizer” used to make plastic more flexible and durable — in all but one of the samples. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors that can negatively affect pregnancy and child growth and development outcomes.
Nearly 80% of the samples also contained bisphenol A (BPA) — a chemical linked to declining sperm counts, cancers, and metabolic and immune disorders — and other bisphenols.

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