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Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here’s Why

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Not all tuna is alike….

A new study may prompt hand wringing among you tuna poke and sushi lovers. When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught matters.

In a first-of-its-kind global study, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego analyzed 117 yellowfin tuna taken from 12 locations worldwide, measuring the contaminant levels of each. They found yellowfin tuna caught closer to more industrialized locations off North America and Europe can carry 36 times more pollutants — including pesticides, flame retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — than the same species caught in more remote locations, like in the West Pacific Ocean.

Read on at NPR.org

The Nasty Ingredient in Fast-Food Wrappers

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Fast-food packaging contains a number of toxic chemicals…

Burgers and fries aren’t exactly known for their health benefits. But beyond the grease, starch, and empty calories, there’s another reason to steer clear of fast food: the chemical-laden containers that it comes in. Grease-proof food packaging—like the papers enveloping fast-food hamburgers and pastries and the boxes cradling fries or pizza—can contain nasty chemicals that migrate over to the food we consume and stick around the environment indefinitely, with potentially worrisome effects to our health.

Read on at Mother Jones.