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

U.S. EPA protocol for systematic review of PFAS toxicity

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opens comment period on systematic review protocols for the assessment of five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); comments accepted until December 23, 2019

PFAS action plan by U.S. State of Connecticut

Interagency task force recommends reducing sources of PFAS including identifying uses in food packaging, enhancing state procurement of PFAS-free products, creation of ad-hoc group to review current research and nationwide actions

FDA releases PFAS method, publishes final survey results

U.S. Food and Drug Administration releases validated analytical method to measure 16 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); announces final measurement results from foods sampled within Total Diet Study

UK requested to revise PFAS TDIs

NGO CHEM Trust asks UK government agency to revise tolerable daily intake (TDI) of PFOS and PFOA to match EFSA recommendation, consider ban of PFAS in food contact materials