Food Sold in Recycled Cardboard Packaging Poses Risk

Researchers have discovered that toxic chemicals from recycled newspapers are contaminating the food sold in many cardboard cartons.  The chemicals are known as mineral oils, and they are used in printing inks.  Exposure to mineral oils has been linked to organ inflammation and cancer.

Several cereal manufacturers have either stopped using recycled cardboard, or stated that they are taking steps to reduce the amount of mineral oil in their packaging.

According to BBC News:

“Government scientists in Switzerland found quantities of mineral oils between 10 and 100 times above the agreed limit in foods like pasta, rice and cereals sold in cartons made from recycled cardboard.  In one scientific paper they describe the potential for mineral oils to migrate into foodstuffs as ‘frightening.’”

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