ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 29, 1975
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(Studio) Polyvinyl chloride is derivative of vinyl chloride. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) proposes ban on it in some food containers. Ralph Nader group demands ban on its use in all products associated with food.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Polyvinyl chloride is 2nd most used plastic in food packaging. FDA ban would include rigid or semi-rigid containers. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner Alexander SCHMIDT - says not been able to see that vinyl chloride remains in plastic wraps.] [Director health research group Dr. Sidney WOLFE - says even thin films used to wrap meat and other foods also contain vinyl chloride that can get into food. No safe level of any cancer-causing chemical.] Consumer will find it hard to distinguish between wraps of safe polyethelene and polyvinyl. [SCHMIDT - says 1 must avoid foods wrapped in plastics if want to avoid polyvinyl.] To take 4 mos. for FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to decide with regard to ban.
REPORTER: Bill Matney
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