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Recent Study Uncovers PFAS in Food Packaging, Fuels Global Regulatory Changes

2024-03-29

A recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has revealed the extensive presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food contact materials. The research, led by Drake Phelps and colleagues at the Food Packaging Forum, identified 68 different PFAS in these materials, most of which are not documented in any regulatory inventories.

 

The findings highlight the importance of banning PFAS in food contact materials due to potential health hazards. In light of these results, several countries and regions have initiated regulatory actions. Denmark and certain U.S. states are among the first to impose restrictions on PFAS use. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for a voluntary phase-out of PFAS in paper and paperboard food packaging. The European Union has also proposed a ban on PFAS in food packaging under its new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, demonstrating a worldwide commitment to safeguarding public health and the environment.

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