According to an article published October 17, 2014 by the news provider Food Safety News, nine consumer and environmental health groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) from use in food contact materials (FCMs). PFCs are used as fat and moisture repellents in paper and board packaging used in food contact. The non-governmental organizations refer in their petition to the potential of PFCs to act as reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, and carcinogens. While three U.S. companies have already agreed to remove PFCs from their FCM production upon request by the FDA, PFCs may still be contained in FCMs produced outside of the U.S..
Food Safety News (October 17, 2014). “FDA asked to ban certain chemicals used in pizza boxes, other packaging.”