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Scientists Warn People about Harmful Chemicals Found in Pizza Boxes

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(Photo : REUTERS/LUKE MACGREGOR) A Domino's Pizza is pictured in its box in central London.

Pizza is everyone’s comfort food and with all the cheesy perfection, no one can resist. However, it is also important to put limit on its consumption on an extravagant 10-topping pizza in order to maintain good health. Some pizza fan also thinks that the chemical present in a takeout box can be a health risk.

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In the study paper, “Madrid Statement”, released by international scientists give their concerns on the possible health risks and environmental dangers of the chemicals that can be found in most pizza boxes, popcorn bags, outdoor clothing, carpets and even furniture.

The biggest concern is focused on the substance known as PFCs or perflourinated chemicals that are known as PFSAs which is the key substances in making a jacket waterproof, a pizza box grease-proof and a frying pan less sticky. There are 200 scientists from 38 different countries that express their support with a goal to spread awareness that these chemicals are just bad for the health and for the environment as well.

The study was done between 2005-2013 where researchers have done some interaction and health studies in communities in Mid-Ohio Valley which are known to be affected by the long-chain type of PFC. It is called C8, which was emitted from a DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

In their study, they found out that there is a probable link of C8 exposure that led to diagnose high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and even pregnancy –induced hypertension. Manufacturers will place out C8 in all their products by the end of 2015.

“Although the long-chain versions of these chemicals have been "vigorously studied," the newer alternatives developed by companies, generally short-chain types, haven't been around long enough to get the kind of necessary scientific scrutiny to ensure human and environmental health,” said Senior scientist with the environmental advocacy group EWG Dr. David Andrews.

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