Fruit Roll-Ups had to step in and warn TikTokers not to eat the plastic lining after a viral trend of eating the entire product gained millions of views. The trend involved freezing the candy and consuming it whole, plastic lining included. Fruit Roll-Ups confirmed that plastic does not freeze and fans should not eat it. Although the trend was a hoax, the incident raised questions about the potential health risks of consuming plastics .
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Phthalates , a chemical used to manufacture plastic, may cause fertility problems in both men and women, according to Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, a medical toxicologist and interim executive director of the National Capital Poison Center. Phthalates may also have adverse effects on hormonal function, weight, brain development, and fetal development. Similarly, non-stick plastic uses PFAS compounds that are associated with the development of multiple human health problems, including obesity , diabetes, and cancer.
The incident highlights the need for greater awareness about the potential health risks of consuming plastics. Many social media content creators may not fully understand the dangers of such trends or the unwanted health consequences that could occur in individuals who take part in them. Therefore, it is essential to educate people about the potential dangers of consuming plastics and encourage them to adopt healthier alternatives .
Consumers can enjoy Fruit Roll-Ups in many fun ways, including frozen, but they should always remove the plastic wrap before freezing or consuming the product. General Mills, the manufacturer of Fruit Roll-Ups, did not immediately respond to questions about how their plastic wrappers are manufactured. However, Johnson-Arbor recommends being wary of these trends from the outset.
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