It's the pizza boxes, and not all that extra cheese, that are killing you.

It's the pizza boxes, and not all that extra cheese, that are killing you.
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If you're debating whether or not to pile on a few more pizza toppings next time you grab a pie, go for it. It won't be the death of you. The pizza box will be, but fortunately not for long.

A number of groups, including the Center for Food Safety and​ the Breast Cancer Fund, have filed a joint petition to the FDA "proposing that we amend our food additive regulation to no longer provide for the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods."

Translation: there's this chemical called perfluoroalkyl ethyl that's used in pizza boxes, and other food packaging, in order to prevent oil and water from seeping everywhere. Perfluoroalkyl ethyl can leech into food, and then it hangs out in your body and raises your risk of cancer.

This has been known for some time, but the FDA is finally taking steps to do something about it. In response to the Center for Food Safety's petition, the FDA announced a ban on January 4 of the three substances in food packaging that contain perfluoroalkyl ethyl.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is amending the food additive regulations to no longer provide for the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods because new data are available as to the toxicity of substances structurally similar to these compounds that demonstrate there is no longer a reasonable certainty of no harm from the food-contact use of these FCSs.

What this means is that in about a month, when the ban goes into effect, delivery food will probably be even greasier. That is, until a replacement additive can be found.

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Happy messy eating!

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