McDonalds packaging detected carcinogens! Company emergency response

 McDonalds packaging detected carcinogens! Company emergency response

It is reported that PFAS is the abbreviation of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. It is a kind of chemical substances related to cancer, liver injury, thyroid disease and development problems. Most people are exposed to PFAS by eating contaminated food or drink. It is worth noting that PFAS can linger in water and air for thousands of years, so eating or inhaling them will always exist in the body. One study found that 98% of Americans have PFAS in their blood.

The test, conducted by environmental advocacy groups, found toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds (commonly known as PFAS) in food packages such as Burger Kings whopper, McDonalds BigMac and French fries, and Wendys cookies.

The August 6 report also noted that PFAS values were extremely high in fiber bowls and containers sold by freshii, a Canadian salad company.

McDonalds responded

McDonalds and McDonalds China have responded to the news.

McDonalds said it had eliminated the important subset of PFAS categories from McDonalds food packaging worldwide and was exploring further development opportunities with suppliers. For the Chinese market, McDonalds said that the companys food packaging materials used in China did not add PFAS, in line with the relevant national standards.

In addition, Burger King, also reported to have found carcinogens, announced that it would work with suppliers to remove PFAS from all packaging within three years or where feasible.

Wendys spokesman pointed out in a statement to the media that the products tested were not sold in Canada.

What is PFAS?

PFA was originally developed to help put out large oil fires. Now, they have more applications, but they also pollute the environment.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (orpfa) are synthetic chemicals found in many products, including food packaging, household cleaners and nonstick cooking utensils.

Today, more than 3000 synthetic chemicals are classified as PFAS. They have a wide range of applications, such as oil resistant microwave popcorn bags, stain resistant carpets, and corrosion-resistant pipes and wires.

Its an acronym you may have seen or heard in recent years, because studies of these very common chemicals reveal their potential negative health effects on humans and the environment. This is mainly because some types of PFA, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), do not decompose in the environment or human body, which may lead to environmental and health problems.

According to the EPA, two types of PFAS - PFOA and PFOS - have been extensively studied and are associated with many adverse health effects in laboratory animals.

According to the National Center for biotechnology information, PFOA is detected in more than 98% of the population in the United States. These chemicals are mainly present in the environment around military bases and manufacturing facilities, where PFOA has penetrated into local water supply systems. The presence of PFOA in the blood is associated with elevated cholesterol and uric acid levels, which may lead to kidney stones and gout.

According to the EPA substance management plan signed in 2006, as of 2015, PFOA or PFOS chemicals were neither manufactured nor used in the United States due to health and environmental problems. But both chemicals can exist in the environment because they dont degrade.

However, due to the persistence of chemicals in the environment, drinking water may be contaminated by long-chain PFAS, including PFOA and PFOS. According to the environmental protection agency, this is one of the main problems with human and animal exposure to these substances.

However, some experts pointed out that it is misleading to say that PFAS may cause cancer, because only a few PFAS are related to the development of cancer.

McDonalds just announced the closure of 200 stores

Affected by the new crown epidemic, McDonalds recent business situation is bleak. According to the financial report, McDonalds second quarter revenue was $3761.5 billion, down 30% year-on-year; net profit was $483.8 million, a year-on-year decrease of 68%; the decline exceeded market expectations and set the worst performance since 2005.

In the second quarter of this year, McDonalds same store sales fell 23.9%, including 8.7% in the United States. Same store sales in Europe fell by two-thirds in April, while same store sales in international development licensing markets, including China and Brazil, fell 32.3% in April.

Although McDonalds has recently launched a variety of discount activities to attract customers, but the impact of the new crown epidemic makes the school and weekend after-school tutoring monitor has not resumed classes for several months, making McDonalds lose the important flow of students and parents. In addition, temporary closure of restaurants and limited time operation during the epidemic period were also the main reasons for the companys performance decline in the second quarter and the first six months.

In other countries, McDonalds is in a similar predicament. New crown epidemic makes people go out less, reduce the operating income of McDonalds. At the same time, higher disinfection requirements increase the cost of enterprises, which makes them face greater difficulties.

According to the 21st century economic report, in order to improve profits, McDonalds will accelerate the implementation of its store closure plan in the U.S. market. McDonalds announced plans to close about 200 U.S. stores this year, more than half of which are in Wal Mart stores with declining revenues.