FDA Takes Action: PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Phased Out of Food Packaging

Chris Lawson March 25, 2024

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Phase-Out of PFAS in Food Packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made a significant move to protect consumers by banning the use of harmful "forever chemicals" in food packaging products across the United States.

Grease-proofing materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly found in fast-food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, takeout boxes, and pet food bags, will no longer be utilized in new food packaging sold in the U.S. This decision marks the completion of a voluntary phase-out initiated by U.S. food packaging manufacturers.

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