FDA: Pizza boxes contain chemical that can damage your health

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The FDA issued a statement to WIVB, saying dangerous chemicals found in cardboard commonly used for pizza boxes has been phased out for years.

According to the FDA, three long-chain perfluorinated compounds (PFC) have been phased out. They may have been hazardous to health.

“By October 1, 2011, these manufacturers had voluntarily stopped distributing these long-chain PFC’s,” the FDA said in a statement.

An earlier version of this story, published by KXAN, suggested perchlorate was included in the perfluorinated compounds, however the FDA says it is not.



AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ordering pizza could be damaging to your health, but not for the reasons you may think.

The Food and Drug Administration is now banning a common chemical found in many pizza boxes, perchlorate. The government believes the chemicals may cause birth defects and cancer.

The chemicals are are also used in some sandwich wrappers and the lining of microwave popcorn bags.

The FDA says the final rule will go into effect 30 days after its published in the federal register.

Read the petition here.



– Used to seal food containers
– May damage fetal brains
– Can hurt babies who are nursing if mother consumes it
– Effects thyroid’s ability to produce hormones
– Almost a dozen groups filed a petition for the ban.

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