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PFAS Limits Emerging in Food, Products, Global Regulators Say

Jan. 18, 2022, 5:48 PM

Policies to restrict PFAS are moving in the U.S. and Europe, along with criteria to define essential uses of the chemicals and limits on them in food, U.S. and European officials said Tuesday.

Governments also are clarifying which specific per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) already are restricted under international treaties, said Kei Ohno Woodall, an officer in the United Nations Secretariat’s office overseeing the global Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions, which control the use, trade, and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

The European Union’s strategy includes revising many existing and developing new laws and regulations for some or all PFAS. The ...