Gear up for a Clean Start! delfort Paves the way to Smooth PFAS-Free Packaging Transition
PFAS to be history in packaging
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have made convenient eating habits achievable, by making food packaging paper grease-resistant. Society is realizing, however, that PFAS should be handled with care. PFAS are a common class of over 4,700 highly stable, man-made chemicals that do not easily break down after use. As a result, PFAS cause contamination to groundwater and drinking water. Also, PFAS can stay in the body for a long period where they may accumulate with some fluorochemicals have been linked to negative health effects. 2]
PFAS ban expected
The European Commission proposes a comprehensive set of actions to address PFAS in food packaging – going as far as to phase them out in the EU. Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Denmark are working on a REACH proposal for EU wide PFAS restriction, with plans to eliminate most uses of the substances in packaging by 2025 to 2030.
The EU is not alone. In the USA, several bills have been introduced in Congress that include bans on the use of PFAS in food packaging. The most recent, S.3227 “Prevent Future American Sickness Act”, would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem any PFAS used as food contact substances unsafe. The PFAS ban could become effective as early as January 1, 2022.
The need for a ‘clean start’ is urgent
Food industry brands should already be exploring cleaner packaging options. delfort drives industry standards and accountability through its’ compliance with REACH, other European Union legislation, and national laws and regulations. “Customers who choose delfort’s thinbarrier® eco range choose solutions that already meet future regulations today,” says Dr. Martin Zahlbruckner. delfort’s vast coating technology experts are supporting converters and brand owners on their way to a smooth PFAS-free packing transition offering their customers a clean food packaging solution.
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