Taco Bell to remove chemicals of concern from packaging

U.S. fast food chain announces new global packaging commitments; plans to remove PFAS, phthalates, BPA from its consumer packaging by 2025

California solicits comments on PFAS in food packaging

U.S. state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) calls for comments on uses, alternatives, and life cycle impacts of PFAS in food packaging; comment period open until January 14, 2020, public workshop to be held on the same date

FDA publishes second set of PFAS testing results

U.S. Food and Drug Administration releases analytical testing results of 16 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances across 88 food samples, finds one sample of fish with detectable levels of PFOS

EU ministers recommend PFAS restrictions

European environmental ministers announce intention to draft PFAS restriction proposal, prohibit non-essential uses, create EU action plan; emphasize need to manage substances as a group

ECHA recognizes PFBS as substance of very high concern

European member states agree to recognize perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC); cite equivalent concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic substances, high mobility in environment

UBA report to inform PFAS restriction proposals

German Environment Agency (UBA) publishes final report summarizing information collection on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and set of short-chain PFAS; finds PFCA restriction justifiable, short-chain PFASs difficult to substitute and restrict

U.S. bill to restrict PFAS in military food packaging

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes provisions to ban use of PFAS in packaging used in ready-to-eat meals by October 1, 2021

EEA publishes web briefing on PFAS

New European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing summarizes known and potential risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); warns that assessing such a large number of substances is time consuming and may lead to widespread and irreversible pollution

Civil Eats review article: PFAS in food packaging

Presents overview of recent efforts from packaging industry, civil society, and regulators in regard to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging; widespread awareness and focus on pollution and alternatives bring the issue into public spotlight

BfR answers questions on PFAS and aluminum

German risk assessment institute publishes answers to common questions regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and aluminum, including exposure sources and pathways, health risks, regulatory limits; releases position statement on aluminum intake, recommends avoiding use of uncoated aluminum for food contact