In recent years, xenohormones such as bisphenol A have increasingly become the focus of media attention. Even though scientists still disagree on how dangerous endocrine disruptors are, legislation has already responded. Bisphenol A is banned in France, and bans in other countries are being discussed. However, food packaging made of plastic, paper or coated metals could also contain a number of other possible hormone-active substances – xenohormones – that have not yet been so much in the media spotlight.
Xenohormones are suspected of influencing the hormonal system of humans by mimicking the action of natural hormones due to structural similarities and thus being able to induce hormone-dependent effects in the organism. Substances that can lead to health problems as a result are also known as “endocrine disruptors”.
We test your food packaging for a possible content of endocrine disruptors. In addition to a comprehensive characterization of the hormone activity of packaging by means of bioassays, we can provide you with the chemical identification of these substances by chromatographic determination. Targeted measures can thus be taken to produce xenohormone-free packaging in the future.