Industrial Chemicals – Linked to a Long List of Serious Health Problems – Detected in US Fast Foods

Phthalates and other plasticizers found in cheeseburgers, chicken burritos, and other popular foods purchased at fast-food restaurants.

Chicken nuggets, burritos, and other popular items consumers buy from fast food outlets in the United States contain chemicals that are linked to a long list of serious health problems, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Researchers at the George Washington University and their colleagues bought fast foods from popular outlets and found 10 of 11 potentially harmful chemicals in the samples, including phthalates, a group of chemicals that are used to make plastics soft and are known to disrupt the endocrine system. The research team also found other plasticizers,…

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