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Research is needed to understand the effect on the human body and embryonic development of at least 4,000 chemicals used in packaging, they said.
Links between packaging and obesity, diabetes and neurological diseases need to be explored, scientists warned.
But critics have said that the call is alarmist.
Scientists Jane Muncke, John Peterson Myers, Martin Scheringer and Miquel Porta called for an investigation into the health risks of food packaging in a commentary piece published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. BBC News