New testing of paper food packaging from top fast-food chains found fluorine levels suggesting PFAS treatment in nearly half of samples—including a Big Mac box as well as a McDonald's fry bag and cookie bag.
We're not lovin' it.
PFAS have been linked to increased risk for certain cancers, immune system suppression, and reduced birth weight. When people eat food from this packaging, they may end up ingesting some of these chemicals too.
And when McDonald's toxic trash goes into a landfill or incinerator, it can contaminate our air and water.
Tell McDonald's: Your customers don't want these chemicals in their food. And no one wants them polluting the environment forever, either!
To whom it may concern:
I just learned about new testing indicating that some McDonald's food packaging is treated with PFAS chemicals—even the box for the Big Mac! These chemicals are dangerous and have contaminated drinking water and communities across the country. They should not touch the food you serve to customers or be thrown in the trash where they can persist in the environment forever
Please ban these chemicals and switch to PFAS-free packaging, which I understand is already used for much of the food you sell. If other big food chains like Chipotle, Taco Bell, and Sweetgreen can ban these chemicals, so can McDonald's. You should also provide safe reusable food serviceware for in-store dining and adopt a comprehensive safer chemicals policy to drive other toxic chemicals such as phthalates out of your supply chain.
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