In 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration obtained a commitment from manufacturers to stop selling these chemicals used in the manufacture of food containers, with the aim of protecting public health.

FDA Deputy Commissioner Jim Jones said that manufacturers have honored their commitment not to sell items containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are eternal contaminants used as grease-fighting agents in food packaging.

“This means starting to eliminate the main source of food exposure to PFAs and PFAS through food packaging, such as fast food boxes, microwave popcorn bags, take-out boxes, and animal food packaging,” Jones added.

It may take more than a year to run out of food containers containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are already on the market.

The US Food and Drug Administration stated that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are resistant to fats, oils, water and heat, which explains their use in the food sector.

However, according to Jones, these chemical compounds may have harmful effects because they are limited to decomposition in nature, in addition to their harm to health.