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Twenty-six plastic packaging chemicals found to be potential endocrine disruptors

More than 150 million metric tons of plastic packaging were produced globally in 2015. Plastic packaging is found nearly everywhere and contains many different chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties including solvents, UV stabilizers, phthalates, antimicrobials, and industrial additives. The diverse array of chemicals used in plastic packaging, combined with their widespread use, greatly increases exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) all over the planet. As a result, it is nearly impossible to avoid EDC exposure.

In this update of the TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors, we evaluated 74 chemicals used in plastic packaging and added 26 chemicals not previously listed. Research suggests that some components of plastic packaging may disrupt thyroid signaling, hormone synthesis, reproduction, fat deposition, and glucose metabolism.

The TEDX List - now available as a downloadable Excel file - helps organizations and businesses identify potential EDCs so that they can prevent harmful exposures. TEDX evaluates new chemicals several times a year. To make a suggestion for a future addition click here.

Plastic packaging is a global issue. Please forward this email to friends and colleagues to increase awareness of EDCs in plastic packaging.

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TEDX is a nonprofit scientific research institute. We evaluate and interpret scientific evidence on the effects of common chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, in order to prevent harm to human and animal health.