Aluminum containers may have been designed for food containers, according to new research
Posted On August 1, 2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting an investigation into a possible connection between aluminum containers and food safety issues.
The agency has not yet made a decision whether to impose new safety standards on aluminum containers.
The EPA, however, is looking at the containers for signs of contamination and for possible health impacts, according a draft of the investigation released by the agency.
The study, released Monday, is an extension of an earlier investigation by the EPA.
In a preliminary report to the agency in December, the agency said it was “concerned” that aluminum containers in food processing facilities may be designed for container use rather than food.
That report also noted a number of potential health impacts from the ingestion of aluminum.
The draft study also suggested aluminum containers may be used in food manufacturing rather than being used for food.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has not received the draft study, but it is expected to issue its final report by the end of the year.
In the draft report, NIST researchers noted the possibility that the aluminum containers are being used to create containers for storing food.
Aluminum containers have been used for decades to store food, but there are some concerns that they are not suitable for use in food.
“This is a very significant area for us,” said Chris Ochoa, Nist’s director of food-handling and manufacturing.
“We have a lot of information that we don’t have right now.”
The FDA has not determined whether aluminum containers should be required to meet new safety guidelines for food safety.
The FDA is also not looking into whether aluminum container manufacturing should be banned, and the agency is not recommending that any industry ban it.
However, the FDA is recommending that manufacturers make more containers of aluminum and other materials that will withstand the elements in the environment.
The report said the NIST investigation found that aluminum could potentially pose a threat to human health, including from the exposure to airborne particulates and dust.
The investigation found evidence of potential air pollution from aluminum containers at a facility in Los Angeles, where the company used to manufacture aluminum containers for food preparation.
Aluminum products in the food-processing industry are commonly used in packaging, storage and distribution.
The food-processing industry is estimated to produce more than $1.2 trillion in annual sales.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also conducting a separate investigation into the use of aluminum in food containers.
Aluminum can pose health risks to humans and animals.
The chemical is used in many types of industrial and food manufacturing processes.
Aluminum has also been linked to adverse health effects, including leukemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease and strokes.
The health risks from aluminum exposure are particularly concerning given that it is commonly used to make metal components in the packaging of food, and is used to help produce plastic and plastic products.