Hazardous chemicals like PFAS don’t belong in our food packaging! Not only do we run the risk of being exposed to these substances when they are in direct contact with our food, but when our packaging is thrown away or recycled or composted, PFAS can contaminate our waste stream.
PFAS are a class of human-made chemicals containing chains of fluorine-carbon bonds, which are very stable and difficult to break down. The stability of PFAS chemicals make them incredibly persistent, and their mobility makes them bio-accumulative in humans and the environment. Some PFAS chemicals will take upwards of 8 years to leave the human body, and most never break down in water or soil. Read more about PFAS here.
States like Washington and Maine have already passed laws to ban these chemicals in food packaging, and an alternatives assessment from Washington has already begun to yield results. In the absence of meaningful federal action, states are taking action, and it’s Minnesota’s turn!
Urge your lawmakers to support HF 79 / SF 70 this year to ban PFAS chemicals in food packaging!