Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for an investigation into the health effects of chemicals used in fast food packaging.
Phthalates can be described as a chemical that has been banned in other household products.
"So the FDA must take my order for a fast food packaging investigation very seriously and take this long-sitting health data off the backburner".
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"According to the Journal of Medicine, people - especially kids - who consume a lot of fast food have risky levels of phthalates in their system", Schumer said in his letter.
A study from George Washington University found that people who eat a lot of fast food have more phthalates present in their bodies compared to those who rarely eat such food.
Fast food isn't the only health issue in Senator Schumer's sights; in a press conference (during which he wielded a plastic and cardboard fast food packaging sculpture to make his point about phthalates), he also addressed meat allergies transmitted through the Lone Star tick, which can leave its victims unable to eat red meat, an issue he believes is being neglected by the National Institutes of Health. According to the FDA, certain phthalates are shown to be toxic and can cause both developmental and reproductive medical complication.
But the impassioned senator was not done yet: Next, Schumer went after airlines. A year later, a JAMA study found that pregnant women with high levels of phthalates faced a greater risk of delivering babies prematurely.
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