Green groups call for EU action on ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging

A decision by the Danish government to ban ‘non-stick’ chemicals associated with health and environmental risks from paper food packaging has prompted green groups to call for EU wide action

A decision by the Danish government to ban ‘non-stick’ chemicals associated with health and environmental risks from paper food packaging has prompted green groups to call for EU wide action. 

In a statement released this week, Denmark’s Ministry of Environment said it planned to ban the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in paper-based food contact materials from the middle of 2020. 

Danish food minister Mogens Jensen said the substances represent a “major health problem” because of the risk that they may migrate from paper and cardboard packaging into food.

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