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News From the Food and Drug Administration
September 15, 2020

Phasing Out Potentially Hazardous Food Packaging

JAMA. 2020;324(11):1026. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.16505

Three manufacturers agreed to a 3-year phaseout of certain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are used to prevent grease from penetrating food packaging such as fast-food wrappers and takeout boxes, the FDA announced.

Rodent studies raised questions that warrant further study about potential health risks from chronic dietary exposure to the chemicals, FDA officials said. The data pertain to short-chain PFAS that contain 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol (6:2 FTOH), which the agency noted may migrate to food and cannot be removed by washing or cooking.

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