Recent news reports have caused increasing public concern surrounding the use of PFAS in molded fiber food packaging.

What is a PFAS?

“PFAS” is an acronym used to describe a family of more than 5,000 substances (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) which have been used in a wide variety of consumer products for nearly 80 years. Many foodservice companies use PFAS-based treatments in molded fiber products to ensure food does not seep into and dissolve the fiber structure. Use of PFAS-based compounds in any foodservice application are regulated in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Are PFAS-based compounds dangerous?

The FDA conducts ongoing research on potential concerns surrounding the use of PFAS-based compounds in foodservice, but has found that these applications rarely result in transfer of the substance into food. Further, the FDA has found no indication that these substances are a human health concern at the levels that may be found in food.

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