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Dingell: We Must Remove all PFAS Chemicals from Food Packaging

Washington, July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration announcing the voluntary phase-out by industry of a single PFAS chemical used, in food packaging. Manufacturers of the food packaging that contain the PFAS chemical have a 3 year phase out timeline and an additional 18 months to sell existing stock of the product. 

“It is promising to see the FDA take steps to address PFAS chemicals in food containers, but we cannot forget this is a small step toward addressing a massive problem. The FDA is removing only one harmful PFAS chemical from food containers, while giving producers of the containers an additional 18 months to continue selling these harmful products,” said Dingell. “What we need is a full ban of PFAS chemicals in food packing and that starts with Congress passing my legislation to do just that.”

Dingell is a leader in Congress on addressing PFAS and cleaning up contamination. Last year, Dingell introduced the Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act which empowers the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deem PFAS substances in any food containers or cookware as unsafe. 

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