PFAS in Food Packaging

The Issue: PFAS chemicals don’t belong in food packaging.

PFAS chemicals are a class of chemical used to make products grease proof, water-proof, and stain-resistant.  They are added to pizza boxes, food wrappers, take out containers, microwave popcorn bags, disposable trays, and bakery bags.  The chemicals migrate from the food packaging into food–and our bodies.

PFAS chemicals have been dubbed “forever chemicals”, because they are extremely persistent, lasting thousands of years.  That’s because all PFAS chemicals have carbon and fluorine atoms bonded together.  This is one of the strongest bonds possible.

The most widely studied PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, are toxic, linked to cancer, birth defects, high cholesterol and other harmful health effects.  PFOA and PFOS are no longer manufactured in the United States, but they have contaminated water systems across the country.Due to a major environmental class action lawsuit, industry has stopped making PFOA and PFOS.

But, they have replaced these chemicals with similar, but slightly modified chemicals.  Unfortunately, research shows that these replacement chemicals are also toxic.

Solution: Ban PFAS in food packaging.  

There are safer, cost-effective ways to make take out containers and food packages.  Scientists and governments across the globe are struggling to figure out how to clean up PFAS in drinking water.  One simple step we can take now is to stop putting PFAS in packaging, where it gets into our bodies, our compost and our environment.

Rep Jack Lewis (D-Framingham) has introduced HD3750, “An Act to Ban the Use of PFAS in Food Packaging,” and Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) has introduced SD678, “An Act Relative to Chemicals in Food Packaging” to ban PFAS.

What you can do:

Get the name and contact information of your state representative and senator at: https://malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact

Ask your representative to support HD3750 and your senator to support SD678, the bills to ban PFAS in food packaging.

Join the Healthy Tomorrow action list to learn about next steps to get dangerous PFAS chemicals out of food packaging.