On October 17, 2017, the U.S. non-profit organization Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) held a webinar on “Toxic chemicals in disposable food service ware.” The webinar focused on fluorinated non-stick, grease-resistant compounds in food contact articles (FCAs) such as disposable plates, take-out containers, and food wraps. The webinar referred to The Madrid Statement, documenting the scientific consensus that poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are persistent and have the potential to cause long-term harm to human health and the environment (FPF reported). Speakers from RPN, the State of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the non-profit organization Center for Environmental Health (CEH) contributed to the webinar. They addressed the migration of PFASs from disposable FCAs into food, water, and compost, and also made recommendations on more sustainable, safer food service ware products.

The recording of the webinar as well as the presentation slides are available on RPN’s website.

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RPN (October 17, 2017). “Toxic chemicals in disposable food service ware.