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Hunderte Giftstoffe in industriell verpackten Nahrungsmittel

BeitragVerfasst: Montag 22. August 2016, 17:50
von Kira
18. August 2016

Von: Dennis L.

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Hunderte Giftstoffe in industriell verpackten Nahrungsmitteln gefunden

Schweizer Umweltforscher haben hunderte giftige Chemikalien in industriell verpackten Nahrungsmitteln gefunden. Darunter auch Weichmacher und Lösungsmittel.

Zürich (Schweiz). Hunderte von giftigen Chemikalien wurden bei einer umfangreichen Studie von Forschern in industriell verpackten Nahrungsmitteln entdeckt: Diese Chemikalien gelangen durch das Essen in den Körper. ADHS, Krebs oder Autismus können durch den Verzehr der betroffenen Lebensmittel die Folge sein. Zu diesem erschreckenden Ergebnis führte eine Studie der Schweizer Umweltforscherin Jane Muncke, wie das Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health berichtet.
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J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202593

Food packaging and migration of food contact materials: will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?
Press Release
Jane Muncke1,
John Peterson Myers2,3,
Martin Scheringer4,
Miquel Porta5

Author Affiliations
1Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland
2Environmental Health Sciences, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
3Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
4Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
5Hospital del Mar Institute of Medical Research (IMIM), School of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and CIBERESP, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Correspondence to
Dr Jane Muncke, Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Staffelstrasse 12, Zurich CH-8045, Switzerland;
Received 7 October 2013
Revised 14 November 2013
Accepted 27 December 2013
Published Online First 19 February 2014

In the early 1990s, several groups of scientists—including epidemiologists and pneumologists—began to publish a series of prospective studies reporting an increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases in people exposed to low levels of airborne particles.1 ,2 Before these publications, toxicological studies had primarily focused on pulmonary effects of particulates in laboratory animals—and the results from those studies indicated that air pollution levels in many places were too low to cause harm to humans. This created something of a paradox, seemingly: epidemiologists finding adverse effects for which the biological mechanisms were not apparent. Over the next several years, the epidemiological and clinical evidence on cardiovascular effects associated with particulates increased,2 leading to the design of toxicological and other laboratory studies aiming at understanding mechanisms for the effects. Epidemiological data challenged assumptions and furthered knowledge about the mechanisms of toxicity. And ultimately, the toxicologists began asking and answering different questions. Laboratory and population studies were enriching each other, as they should. As a result, we now have a good understanding of cardiovascular risks from particulates, and have corresponding policies and regulation to protect citizens from air pollution.3–5

Food contact materials and human health: a new challenge for epidemiological research

As ubiquitous as particulate air pollution (or more), but until recently with a much lower profile, food contact materials (FCMs) have long posed a silent challenge to researchers concerned with human health, nutrition and the environment. FCMs are articles used in packaging, food storage, processing or preparation equipment that come directly into contact with human foods. Most often FCMs are made of plastic or have a synthetic material in direct contact with the foodstuff—for example, as can coating, laminate in beverage cartons or the closures of glass jars. Importantly, most FCMs are not inert. Chemicals contained in the FCM, such as monomers, additives, processing aids or reaction by-products, can diffuse into foods. … ... 013-202593