- A recent study has assessed the harmful effects of chemical food additives and food contact substances on the immune system.
- The study compared laboratory toxicology testing (ToxCast) results with data from previous animal tests and epidemiological Trusted Sourcestudies.
- The ToxCast results and available animal study data confirmed that a common food preservative called tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) might negatively affect immune system functioning.
- The study affirmed the need for updated research and a thorough Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of chemical food additives and food contact substances to assess immune system toxicity and protect public safety.
Written by Lori Uildriks, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP on April 2, 2021
Fact checked by Rita Ponce, Ph.D.
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