Opinion Columnists: Plastics are harmful — but the government won’t admit it
Paul D. Thacker
Sep 14, 2018

"In July the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a letter that would stop any parent in their tracks: Chemicals in food colorings, preservatives and packaging can be dangerous to children — and the government is not suitably regulating the substances.

A review of almost 4,000 additives found that 64 percent of them lacked research proving they are safe for people to eat or drink; these chemicals can be especially harmful to small children because they are still growing, making them more vulnerable to any ill effects. The AAP called for reforms to the Food and Drug Administration’s food-additive regulatory process and offered guidelines that could be more panic-inducing than reassuring:

Don’t microwave foods or liquids in plastic.

Buy fewer processed foods.

Whenever possible, switch from plastic to glass or metal.

Avoid putting plastics in the dishwasher."

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