CEH - Guide to safer disposable foodware



Over the past two decades, the class of chemical compounds known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has come under increasing scrutiny from toxicologists, ecologists, and regulators given their persistence and connection to serious potential health effects, including kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disruption, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), delayed puberty and obesity. Based on the growing evidence of fluorinated compounds in foodware products and current efforts by leading manufacturers to find alternatives, we expect the market to shift to better alternatives and believe institutional purchasers can play a critical role in expediting the market change we need. In that vein, this report is aimed at institutional purchasers of foodware. It focuses on the use of fluorinated compounds in disposable food serviceware; offers recommendations and resources to help purchasers procure safer foodware products; and equips purchasers with tools to push manufacturers away from these harmful compounds and towards safer products. 

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