In September 2018, the non-profit research institute The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) updated its List Of Potential Endocrine Disruptors with 26 chemicals. For this latest update, the organization reviewed 74 substances likely used in plastic packaging of which it identified 26 as potential endocrine disruptors. “Research suggests that some components of plastic packaging may disrupt thyroid signaling, hormone synthesis, reproduction, fat deposition, and glucose metabolism,” TEDX explained in a news release.

“Plastic packaging is found nearly everywhere and contains many different chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties including solvents, UV stabilizers, phthalates, antimicrobials, and industrial additives,” the organization further highlighted. “The diverse array of chemicals used in plastic packaging, combined with their widespread use, greatly increases exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) all over the planet,” TEDX stated and therefore concluded that “it is nearly impossible to avoid EDC exposure.”

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TEDX (September 2018). “Twenty-six plastic packaging chemicals found to be potential endocrine disruptors.