Groups Petition FDA for Food Packaging Chemical Ban

boxes-406272_1280Nine consumer and environmental health groups recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arguing for a ban on some of the chemicals used in food packaging, especially pertchelorate and long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs). Pertchelorate is added to sealing gaskets to reduce static in dry food packaging and PFCs keep pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers free of grease. According to the petition, these chemicals can harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, and pre- and post-natal brain development. In addition, the petition claims they cause cancer.

Pharmaceutical consultant Rajkumar M. Gupta has over 30 years of hands-on technical and management level experience within the Packaging/API/Pharmaceuticals industries worldwide. He says, “The petitioners claim on harmful effects of long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs) shall be evaluated by FDA and the petitioner must be provided a white paper on the subject . Maybe the petitioner is right.”

Research engineer Richard A. Freundlich is the President of RAF Solutions, consulting services for the plastics industry. He is a specialist in plastics technology with major focus on thermoplastic polyesters (PET)and PET foam, with a focus on food and protective packaging. He explains, “One should consider the use of Polyhydroxyalkonates (PHA) Biopolymers as a solution as they offer exceptional grease and oil resistance , are FDA approved and can be used as a Latex coating on a variety of substrates.”

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