In the fast food industry, most of the packaging is made from either polypropylene or polyethylene. The former is a stronger, cheaper plastic that is widely used in the food industry. The latter is less rigid and is often preferred for packaging because it is cheaper and more flexible.
Forever chemicals for Fast-Food packaging
Forever chemicals, also known as synthetic organic molecules, are chemicals manufactured by chemical synthesis that are not found in nature. They are typically manufactured by combining two or more small molecules, atoms, or groups of atoms to form a single large molecule, such as a polymer.
McDonald’s and Burger King are being sued for use of harmful packaging
According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday. The suit, which was filed by the attorneys general of Illinois and Washington, alleges that the companies used “forever chemicals” including BPA and phthalates in their food packaging, and that the companies have failed to take adequate steps to warn consumers of the chemicals’ dangers.
At Mcdonald’s, the most significant levels of synthetic substances were found in the sacks for fries, treats and Chicken McNuggets and the Big Mac holder. In the interim, Burger King’s treat and French toast sticks sacks, Whopper covering and chicken strips sacks had more elevated levels of PFAS than other bundling. Shopper Reports likewise noticed that a McDonald’s Big Mac compartment that pre-owned paper from “mindful sources” included PFAS.
Obviously, the two burger chains were not really alone in that frame of mind of bundling containing the harmful compound. Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, Trader Joe’s and Stop and Shop likewise had elevated degrees of PFAS in a portion of their bundling items, as per the report. Different organizations with lower levels included Chipotle, Panera Bread, White Castle and Whole Foods.
Notwithstanding the comprehensive rundown of retailers engaged with the examination, up to this point, the claims that have been documented since the arrival of Consumer Reports’ exploration have just been against McDonald’s and Burger King.