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Schumer wants FDA to investigate fast food packaging health effects

Senator Charles Schumer is calling on an investigation on fast-food packaging. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senator Charles Schumer is calling on an investigation on fast-food packaging. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate potentially harmful chemicals found in fast food packaging.

Schumer cited a Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics report and a seven-year Centers for Disease Control study that examined the relationship between fast food packaging and health consequences on the human body.

“Consumers are not giving these everyday packaging products a second thought,” Schumer said. “They assume they are safe — and they should be, especially when their reach extends to millions upon millions of Americans.”

The chemicals, known as phthalates, exist in the fast food industry’s packaging product….

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