NRDC and Others Petition FDA to Ban Toxic Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes and Other Food Packaging

The Natural Resources Defense Council and several groups filed two petitions urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, as well as a family of chemicals -- known as long-chain perfluorocarboxylates -- used to keep grease out of paper and paperboard, such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers. They have a potential to harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, pre-and-post natal brain development and to cause cancer.