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FDA says Paper Box Chemicals No Longer Considered Safe for Contact with Food

January 14, 2016

UNITED STATES - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register banning Diethanolamine salts of mono- and bis phosphates, Pentanoic acid, and Perfluoroalkyl--all variations of perfluoroalkyl ethyl, commonly used in sandwich wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and other types of food packaging.
No longer manufactured, these substances were used as oil and water repellants for paper products used to package aqueous and fatty foods. The FDA says new data is available that shows the toxicity of substances structurally similar to these compounds that demonstrate there is “no longer a reasonable certainty of no harm” from the food-contact use of these chemicals.
FDA says the final rule will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.