Tell the FDA: Ban PFCs and Fluorinated Chemicals in Food Wrappers!

Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals – or PFCs – are a family of chemicals widely used to make nonstick coatings for clothing, cookware and food wrappers. PFCs are notoriously persistent in the environment and the human body, and have been linked to cancer, liver damage, reproductive harm and other serious health effects.

The Food and Drug Administration has banned the use of a few PFCs, but numerous similar chemicals are still being used. These alternatives are understudied, extremely persistent in the environment and may share many of the same toxicity concerns. These coatings are not sustainable and can contaminate compost and the food supply.

And now, new tests have found these fluorinated coatings in food wrappers from popular fast-food chains like Starbucks, Panera, Subway and others, despite the fact that PFC- and fluorine-free paper wrappers are readily available. It’s time that the FDA takes action to protect us from these chemicals – especially in our food.

Add your name to EWG’s petition and urge the FDA to ban PFCs and fluorinated chemicals from use in food wrappers!

I believe the FDA has the responsibility to protect the American people from PFCs and fluorinated chemicals in our environment, and ban their use in food wrappers.

Please protect the health of our environment and the American people, and take action on PFCs.