Sen­a­tor wants in­ves­ti­ga­tion into fast food pack­ag­ing

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NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion should launch a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the health con­se­quences of chem­i­cals used in fast food pack­ag­ing.

The New York Demo­crat on Sun­day re­leased a let­ter he sent to the head of the agency ask­ing for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ph­tha­lates, which are used in plas­tics to make them more flex­i­ble.

Some ph­tha­lates have been linked to health is­sues, both de­vel­op­men­tal and re­pro­duc­tive. Peo­ple can be ex­posed to ph­tha­lates if they eat or drink food that’s come into con­tact with con­tain­ers made with the chem­i­cals.

Schumer pointed out that some types of ph­tha­lates have been re­stricted from use in chil­dren’s toys. He said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion would de­ter­mine how safe fast food pack­ag­ing is.

The FDA did not im­me­di­ately com­ment.

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