Packaged in Pollution: Are food chains using PFAS in packaging?
Restaurant chains and other food retailers should do the following:
- Adopt and implement a public policy with clear quantifiable goals and timelines for reducing and eliminating PFAS in all food contact materials in restaurants and supply chains.
- Ensure substitutes are safer, at a minimum free of any GreenScreen Benchmark 1 chemicals.
- FDA should withdraw its approvals for all PFAS in food contact materials and not approve any new PFAS.
- Publicly report on progress and announce when the food contact materials are PFAS-free.
- Develop a comprehensive safer chemicals policy to reduce and eliminate other toxic chemicals, such as ortho-phthalates, in food contact materials and other products.
Other parties also have a role to play:
- States and local governments should ban PFAS in food contact materials, ensure safer alternatives, and leverage their institutional purchasing power to buy safer PFAS-free food serviceware.
- Congress should pass the Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act.
- FDA should withdraw its approvals for PFAS in food contact materials and not approve any new PFAS.
- Commercial composting facilities should accept only food packaging that is certified PFAS-free (i.e. certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute or the Compost Manufacturing Alliance).
- Individuals should call on food retailers and elected officials to ban PFAS in food contact materials. Take action now to tell McDonald’s to stop using PFAS!