‘Urgent need’ for PFAS regulation, say academics and activists

Restricting the entire class of so-called ‘forever chemicals’ is “an issue of critical importance” to protect human health and the environment, say 29 academics and campaigners, while an EU regulator has backed acting to slash exposure.

In a letter to the secretaries of state for health, business and environment, the group urges them to introduce “comprehensive legislation” to restrict the use of all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging.

“This action is necessary to protect people and the environment. Denmark has already committed to banning PFAS in paper and cardboard food packaging from July 2020, and the Netherlands are proposing a complete phase-out of all non-essential PFAS across the EU,” it states.

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