Manufacturers, Distributors, and Users of Fluorinated Polyethylene Food Contact Articles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is directing this letter to manufacturers, distributors, and food manufacturers that use fluorinated polyethylene food contact articles as a reminder that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use. Specifically, FDA’s regulation authorizing the use of fluorinated polyethylene in contact with food is listed in […]

Burden falls on exposed people’ as EPA weighs PFAS rules

By Ariel Wittenberg, E.A. Crunden | 07/21/2021 12:28 PM EST EPA action to limit PFAS in drinking water is focused on just two compounds, meaning many Americans could continue drinking contaminated tap water for years to come. Claudine Hellmuth/E&E News (illustration); EPA (text); Jenn Durfey/Flickr (faucet); Freepik (man with glass); Wikipedia (GenX chemical formula); PxHere […]

EPA PFAS Action Sees Much Broader Scope Than In Past

By John Gardella Wednesday, July 14, 2021 The latest EPA PFAS action on Monday, July 13, 2021 shows once again that the agency is seeking to aggressively regulate certain PFAS compounds <> under the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, the EPA’s action on Monday is notable because it is one of the first instances in […]

Investigating the Uptake and Fate of Poly- and Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS) in Sea Ice Using an Experimental Sea Ice Chamber

Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 9601−9608 Jack Garnett, Crispin Halsall,* Max Thomas, Odile Crabeck, James France, Hanna Joerss, Ralf Ebinghaus, Jan Kaiser, Amber Leeson, and Peter M. Wynn ABSTRACT: Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are contaminants of emerging Arctic concern and are present in the marine environments of the polar regions. Their input to and […]

Melting Arctic ice carries high levels of ‘forever chemicals,’ study finds

By Brooklyn Neustaeter <> Writer@bneustaeter Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:46PM EDT In this Friday June 13, 2008 file photo, a polar bear stands on an ice floe near the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. (AP Photo/Romas Dabrukas, File) TORONTO — A new study <> has found high concentrations of toxic “forever chemicals” in the surface […]

How Chemicals in Food Packaging and Nonstick-Pans Contaminate the Arctic? And Why Is It a Problem?

Ron Jefferson Jul 29, 2021 07:15 AM EDT Forever Chemicals or Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are named as such due to their resistance to natural degradation. A study now shows how the increasing rate of Arctic ice melt is leaking the highest concentrations of forever chemicals into the environment. What is PFAS? PFAS, according […]


Friday, June 4, 2021 On June 3, 2021, a group of NGOs sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to ban “all long- and short-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as food contact substances” and to, unless evidence exists otherwise, reassess previous positions issued by the FDA on PFAS […]

USEPA Creates PFAS Council

Per- and Poly uoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they are persistent and resistant to degradation. They have been used in a wide variety of everyday products and are found in detergents, non-stick pans, stain-resistant and waterproof fabrics, fragrances, drugs, disinfectants, pesticides, and re- ghting foam. PFAS comprise more than 4,700 […]

PFAS in the Environment and Packaging

PFAS in the Environment and Packaging Per- and Polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are represented by over forty-one (41) individual compounds, around thirty (30) of which are under study by the US Environmental Agency (US EPA), various state EPA or Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) organizations, private industry, and universities (U Florida, Harvard1 and others). This […]