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According to The Hill, the phase-out will begin in 2021 and the manufacturers will have 3 years to complete it, with an extra 18 months as a sort of grace period for all products to get sold off shelves. One manufacturer, Chemours, already stopped selling products containing the chemical, and the three other participants are Archroma, AGC Chemicals Americas and Daikin America
One of the ways that states make progress on complex issues like this is by adopting a “model” statute developed by experts. As Bloomberg Law’s Emily Dooley reported, “The Toxics In Packaging Clearinghouse developed landmark legislation in 1989 that led to limits on lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium in food packaging in 19 states. Now, in its first major update in decades, the group is circulating draft model language for a ban on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in any concentration.” They have drafted it as a total ban on these chemicals — which would prevent its use in everything from “plastic wrapped around cucumbers to pizza boxes,” but the chemical industry is concerned about a ban that goes that far. New York state just passed a law banning PFAS chemicals from anything that comes into direct contact with food. According to Bloomberg Law, San Francisco and other California cities have banned PFAS in single-use bowls, plates, and utensils.
Where Are They Found
In a study conducted back in 2014-15, researchers tested more than 400 samples of bags, wrappers, boxes, and cups from 27 fast-food and fast-casual restaurant chains in the U.S. They found, according to WebMD, that “One-third of all the samples, or 33%, tested positive for PFASs, according to the study. Bread and dessert wrappers were the most likely to have them — about half tested positive. Burger wrappers were second — 38% of those tested had PFAS. About 1 in 5 paperboard containers, like the boxes that hold french fries, also tested positive. Paper cups seemed to be in the clear — none tested positive for PFAS.”
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer If climate change keeps temperatures rising, staple crops in eight East and Southern African countries could decrease by up to 80% by midcentury. According to a new report by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a 2-degree Celsius increase in temperature (which the world is currently on […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer With drought continuing in the West, and the summer’s historic floods throughout Europe, the world is wondering how climate change will also affect the way we eat. This controversial question was addressed by agriculture experts, NGOs, government officials, and corporate leaders at Peas, Trees, and 1.5 Degrees, a Climate […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the lead-up to today’s United Nations Food Systems Summit, young activists spoke about their priorities for the global gathering at yesterday’s Food is the Future event. At the event, youth representatives from worldwide interviewed adult peers in the world of food system work. In an effort to […]
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