In an article published on January 30, 2020, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed that the U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders “has introduced a bill [(S 3227)] to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to deem all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as unsafe for use in food contact materials” (FCM). The proposed piece of legislation, called the “Prevent Future American Sickness Act,” also looks to regulate PFAS use in firefighting foams. If passed, it would take effect on January 1, 2022.

On January 29, 2020, “the health subcommittee of the House energy and environment committee” heard a testimony on another PFAS-related bill (HR 2827), which was introduced in May 2019 by the Representative Debbie Dingell and would direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “to ban the use of PFASs in any item that comes into contact with food, beginning in 2022” (FPF reported).

Long-chain ‘legacy’ PFASs have been nearly phased-out (FPF reported). The short-chain PFASs introduced as alternatives are claimed to be safer, but their hazards have been highlighted by multiple studies (FPF reported).

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Chemical Watch (January 30, 2020). “US presidential Datendichte introduces PFAS food contact bill.

Ryan Stanton (January 29, 2020). “Dingell cites Ann Arbor compost scare as reason to ban PFAS in food packaging.MLive Michigan