An investigation by Consumer Reports found toxic PFAS chemicals in packaging used by multiple fast food brands. McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, and Sweetgreen were included in the report.

Date: Mar 24, 2022


Author: Andrea Michelson

Excerpt: “Fast food wrappers and containers from eight different restaurant chains were found to contain PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” at soon-to-be illegal levels, in an investigation published by Consumer Reports Thursday. […] Long-term exposure to PFAS has been linked to an increased risk of some cancers, immune system suppression, and problems with fetal development. […] The chemicals are commonly used to make paper or cardboard grease-resistant […] Since there are thousands of known chemicals in the PFAS class, investigators tested the materials for fluorine, a standard indicator of PFAS. There’s no national standard for fluorine in foods or food packaging, but some states have begun using the indicator to regulate PFAS. California established a limit of 100 parts per million organic fluorine in all food packaging that will be fully effective beginning January 1, 2023.”