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    #1

    leach out of?

    "Environmental oestrogens may also leach out of plastics such as clingfilm, plastic water bottles and cook-chill food wrappers, particularly if they come inot contact with fatty foods."

    I don't understand what "leach out of" means here. Is it saying that environmental oestrogens may be produced, lost, kept, or...?
    Besides, what is a "cook-chill food wrapper"?

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    #2

    Re: leach out of?

    I'm guessing this was taken from a report on male fertility .....the "environmental oestrogens", are plastic compounds with have a similar molecular structure to the (primarily) female hormone.

    If they "leach out" they transfer to the foods through contact with the plastics. The transfer is greatly enhanced by contact with fats.

    Leaching out is normally at a very slow, low rate. eg. Lead has leached into the water supplies from the pipes.

    "Cook-chill" containers & wrappers are used for frozen foods which can be put directly into an oven or microwave. eg. "ready-meals", frozen curries etc.

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