FoodDrinkEurope position: restriction proposals on PFAS

Published: 13/10/2023

FoodDrinkEurope supports the removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from use in food contact applications where proven alternatives are readily available and the functionality and safety of food processing equipment, processing aids, and food packaging are maintained.

In this paper, FoodDrinkEurope provides our key recommendations on proposals to remove PFAS from use in food contact:

  • Any restrictions of PFAS from use in food contact should provide for a controlled and organised assessment of use, presence, alternatives, and removal across sectors;
  • Any substitutions of PFAS in food contact should not put food production, food safety, or food security at risk;
  • Any restrictions of PFAS from use in food contact need to be complemented with actions to mitigate the occurrence of PFAS in the environment and in the agri-food chain.