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 hapackaging 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 still appear in our products, including food packaging.
As research on the health hazards of PFOA and PFOS has become public, industry replaced these chemicals with similar, but slightly modified chemicals. Unfortunately, research is emerging showing that these replacement chemicals are also toxic.
There are safer alternatives.