Removing PFAS from food packaging ‘an immediate priority’

An analysis of food packaging from major supermarkets, coffee shops and takeaway restaurants has found huge reliance on PFAS ‘forever chemicals’, many of which are linked to major environmental and human health concerns.

The chemicals were present in packaging from eight of nine major UK supermarkets and from all takeaways that were tested by Scottish environmental charity FIDRA. This includes cookie bags from Co-op, popcorn bags from Lidl, takeaway bags from Costa, Greggs and Starbucks and also Dominos’ pizza boxes.

Its report, published yesterday and previewed last week, recommends that businesses phase out PFAS from food packaging as “an immediate priority” – not least due to the waste management problem it poses. FIDRA has asked all the retailers to remove the pollutants from their supply chains.

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