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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.”
While the fake news about the Biden administration banning beef was making its way around the world, the popular recipe website, Epicurious, has been phasing out recipes for beef for a year and no one squawked until now. They revealed the decision in an article on Monday, saying “We know that some people might assume that […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Food waste is a serious concern in the United States — every year, between 30 and 40% of all food in the country is unsold or uneaten. The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), ReFED, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), among […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new analysis from the World Wildlife Fund lays out a plan to use the existing logistical infrastructure of the United States Postal Service to distribute millions of tons of food from farmers directly to consumers. Each year, an estimated 17 million tons of crops never leave the farm, despite millions of Americans living in […]
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