31 Mar '16, 3pm

BREAKING: @NRDC is suing @US_FDA to force it to act on a petition to ban perchlorate in food packaging.

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2016) – The Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Food Safety, on behalf of four other public health and environmental organizations, sued the Food and Drug Administration today to force it to act on a petition to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The groups filed the petition in December 2014. The agency missed a June 2015 deadline to respond to the petition. Co-petitioners include Breast Cancer Fund, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Environmental Working Group. Perchlorate impairs hormone production critical to brain development and poses a health threat, particularly to fetuses, infants and children. FDA has approved it for certain specific uses, including as an anti-static agent in plastic packaging for dry foods such as beans, rice and flour. “This is a toxic chemical, and it’s all ove...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/media/2016/160331

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