Toxic industrial chemicals don’t belong in food.
Pregnant women and children are most vulnerable to toxic chemicals, and Maine children and families are unknowingly eating harmful chemicals with their food—because they are leaching into food through processing and packaging. Even organic food has been found to contain these toxic chemicals.
Doctors and scientists describe the dangerous effects of toxic chemicals as a silent epidemic.
Phthalates (THAL-eights) and PFAS are linked to infertility, learning disabilities, and cancer. They’re also found in some plastic wraps, workers’ gloves, conveyer belts, take-out boxes, and more. During food processing and packaging, they easily leach into food—which means Mainers are eating these industrial chemicals.
Throughout Laura’s pregnancy, she was careful to eat a very healthy diet, get regular exercise, and protect her body and her baby from dangers like alcohol, cigarette smoke, and chemical cleaning products. “But I had no idea that there were other dangers hiding in the foods we eat,” Laura says. After Laura’s completely normal pregnancy, her son was born with a genital birth defect linked to phthalates.
The food industry doesn’t need to use these dangerous chemicals. Safer alternatives are widely available and on the market.
In Maine, we can phase out these chemicals from materials used to process and package food and protect our families from harm.
Maine families need action. With your help, we’re working to pass legislation to make sure food is safe and toxic-free.