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Whole Foods Market Rated Worst for Toxic Food Packaging

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A study released by consumer watchdog groups Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future analyzed paper products in contact with food for toxic chemicals, finding Amazon’s grocer, Whole Foods Market, was the biggest offender
  • While Trader Joe’s had zero items with fluorine in this study, they failed testing in a different study by the same organization, along with Panera Bread, Publix, Starbucks, Subway and McDonald’s
  • Chemicals tested in these studies included PFOA and PFOS from the per-fluorinated compound (PFCs) family of hormone disrupting chemicals, the health effects of which include miscarriage, reproductive problems, birth defects and cancer
  • The pervasiveness of toxic chemicals in household products and the food supply make them nearly impossible to avoid, but there are ways to reduce your exposure, including using glass containers for storage and baby bottles, eliminating plastic wraps, avoiding stain- and water-resistant products and switching to organic toiletries

While you might expect eating at fast-food restaurants would negatively affect your health, you may not think purchasing food at Whole Foods Market, hailed for high food standards, may do the same thing — not due to the quality of the food itself, but rather the packaging in which they're sold.

Deli foods and hot food bars use packaging coated with fluorinated chemicals in order to prevent grease from leaking through. Fluorinated chemicals and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are so ubiquitous that many are now detected in infants at birth.

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