In an article published on February 6, 2019 by news provider Chemical Watch, correspondent Luke Buxton informs that Denmark is considering a national ban on all organic fluorine compounds in cardboard and paper food packaging. In a press release, the Danish minister of Environment and Food said “[w]e cannot risk harmful substances migrating from the packaging and into our food. Therefore, I have asked the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration to examine the possibilities for a national ban on the use of the entire group of organic fluorine compounds in food packaging of cardboard and paper.”
If it comes into force, Denmark would be the “first country in the world to ban the entire group of organic fluorinated compounds in cardboard and paper food contact materials (FCMs).” The national ban would apply until any future EU regulation on these substances in FCMs were to exist. Commonly classified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), organic fluorine compounds are used as oil and water repellents in many food packaging products (FPF dossier).
Luke Buxton (February 6, 2019). “Denmark targets ban on all fluorinated chemicals in FCMs.” Chemical Watch
Danish Ministry of Environment and Food (February 6, 2019). “Minister vil forbyde brug af organiske fluorerede stoffer i pap og papir til fødevarer.” (in Danish)