Environmentalists press FDA to limit PFAS in packaging despite phaseouts

Environmental Working Group (EWG) is renewing its calls for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging following a recent study that found the chemicals in products from many fast food chains, including some that had already pledged to stop using them. “The law requires the FDA to take action to restrict PFAS in food packaging, unless manufacturers can show a reasonable certainty of no harm,” EWG legislative attorney Melanie Benesh said in a March 24 release. “The science clearly demonstrates that PFAS pose a significant risk of harm.” EWG was touting a study released March 24 by Consumer Reports, where the organization said it “tested more than 100 food packaging products from restaurant and grocery chains” for PFAS and found them in “some packaging from every retailer we looked at.” 

Consumer Reports writes that it found PFAS even in packaging from companies that had vowed to phase out PFAS, but note that “those levels were often lower than at other retailers.”

Source: https://insideepa.com/tsca-takes/environmentalists-press-fda-limit-pfas-packaging-despite-phaseouts