In an press release published on September 2, 2019, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food announced that the Danish government will ban the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in paper and cardboard used in food contact materials by July 2020. “We will [ban them] because I will not accept the risk of these very harmful substances migrating from the packaging to the food. We can see that the substances represent a major health problem and we can no longer wait for the EU,” said Danish Food Minister Mogens Jensen.
The ministry announced previously that it was reviewing options for such a ban in February 2019 (FPF reported). In 2015, the Danish grocery store chain Coop voluntarily removed microwave popcorn from its shelves due to their PFAS content (FPF reported). Coop further pushed for new national legislation to ban all PFAS and bisphenols in 2017 (FPF reported; Coop Denmark presented during the Food Packaging Forum’s 2018 workshop). Recently, there have also been calls to ban PFAS in food packaging in the United States (FPF reported).
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