The odds of your takeaway food packaging containing intentionally, harmful PFAS 1 in 3


A whopping 32 out of 99 disposable paper and cardboard food packaging samples collected across Europe contained intentionally added PFAS, according to a new test study. But Denmark leads the way, proving that it’s possible – and necessary – to move away from PFAS in food contact material. Marketplace has the alternatives.

One in three. That alarming ratio is the result of a study testing for intentionally added PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in disposable paper and cardboard food packaging. The study was conducted by Czech NGO Arnika in collaboration with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), CHEM Trust, and six other European NGOs: BUND, Danish Consumer Council, Générations Futures, Tegengif-Erase all Toxins, International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) and ClientEarth.

The study team purchased 99 samples of disposable food packaging and tableware – for example sandwich and bakery bags, as well as take-away food boxes – made of paper, board and moulded plant fibre. The samples were collected from six different countries between May and December of 2020: the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.

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Chemsec, 24 May 2021