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Fluorochemical History

Created around WW2, per or poly fluorochemicals used on products such as food packaging to impart grease/water-resistance or nonstick coating (Teflon)

Commonly referred to as PFAS, PFOS, PFOA, PFC’s etc. There are thousands of different fluorochemicals

PFAS are also used in popcorn bags, shoes, rugs,  rain jackets/fabrics, firefighting foams, etc

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Why is this a problem?

Center for Disease Control (CDC) have found PFC’s
in the blood of virtually all Americans (98%)

Exposure to these chemicals even at low levels are linked to numerous health concerns; cancer, fertility problems, thyroid disease, decreased immune system in children, reduced hormone function

PFAS chemicals pass through wastewater treatment systems, bioaccumulate in humans/animals

Humans can become exposed if fast food packaging contains PFAS; Hot food triggers the rapid release of PFAS chemicals and they leach into our food and bodies

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Silent Spring Study

In one of the most comprehensive studies to date on fluorinated chemicals in food packaging in the U.S., researchers tested samples from 27 fast food restaurant chains. They tested drink containers, paper wrappers and paperboard for PFASs

Scientists found PFAS in 38% of the samples for paper wrappers

Silent Spring Study

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Take Out Toxics Study

Focused on the 5 largest grocery retailers in the US: Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize, Albertson’s, Kroger & Trade Joe’s

Collected samples of bakery/deli paper, take out containers, baking or cooking supplies, single use plates and trays for cooking at home

10% of bakery/deli papers contained PFAS

Take Out Toxics Study

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Keep Food Containers Safe
From PFAS Act 2019

Introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell on 5/17/2019

Seeks to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act to deem PFAS used as a food contact substance to be unsafe

FDA would have until 2022 to enforce the ban

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EcoLite

•Manufactured without Fluorochemicals

•Compostable - Cedar Grove Certified 06/2019

•Suitable for direct food contact

•Lightweight (14#)

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