Chemical ban

The US Food and Drug Administration has banned three chemicals commonly used in food packaging. Specifically, the ban applies to perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs), which are widely used as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods such as pizza. The final ruling was published on January 4 and is in response to petitioning from various advocacy and pressure groups that highlighted the safety risks associated with these compounds, namely potential carcinogenicity and teratogenicity.