Chemicals Causing Infertility in Pigs are Present Throughout Human Consumer Goods
Some of the same chemicals found in the pigs’ semen storage bags are routinely used in packaging food for humans and are known to migrate into food.
Cyclic lactone, for instance, is a common by-product in adhesives used in potato chip bags and sliced meat packages. It was one of the chemicals found in high levels in the semen bags that had been used on the farms with the highest rates of reproductive failure.
Another chemical found in high levels on those farms: a compound called BADGE, a derivative of the notorious bisphenol A BPA. It’s the building block of epoxy resins that form the basis for 95 percent of food and beverage can linings in the U.S.