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Fast Food Companies Sued over Chemicals in Their Packaging

Several fast-food chains including Arby’s, Chik-Fil-A, Nathan’s, and Burger King are being sued following findings from tests found PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in their packaging. PFAS are considered “forever chemicals” because they take a very long time to break down. According to the CDC, the synthetic chemicals are associated with health problems including cancer, liver damage, asthma, and thyroid disease. Many restaurant chains have already begun to phase out PFAS following last year’s EPA initiative to restrict their use. However, the switch could take time while class action lawsuits increase. PFAS are widely used in consumer products because they’re resistant to heat, oil, and water. PFAS are also found in some cosmetics, non-stick cookware, and clothing.

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Posted on 27 April 2022