PFAS Chemicals Banned in Food Contact Paper and Board in Denmark

On May 27, 2020, Denmark issued an order banning the use of PFAS substances in food contact paper and board.

Online PR News – 15-June-2020 – Geneva, Switzerland – Denmark has published new legislation to prohibit the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sometimes known as PFAS chemicals, in food contact materials and articles made from paper and board.

The ban was announced on May 27, 2020, with the publishing of Order No. 681 of May 25, 2020 – ‘Executive Order on Food Contact Materials and Penal Code for Violation of Related EU Acts’ – in their Official Gazette (Lovtidende A). This repeals Order No. 1248 of October 30, 2018 on ‘Food Contact Materials’. Denmark first signaled its intention to ban PFAS in September 2019.

The new Order has several important provisions, including:
• Adds definition for paper and board materials and articles made of cellulose-based natural fibers from virgin and recycled sources, and which may contain artificial fibers, functional additives, processing agents, polymeric binders, inks, lacquers, coatings and adhesives
• Prohibiting PFAS in food contact paper and board materials, but allowing them if there is a functional barrier that prevents their migration into the food
• A transitional period for PFAS-containing food contact paper and board materials that are placed on the market before the effective date of July 1, 2020
• Editorial changes and deleting Appendix 7 ‘List of Appendices’

PFAS are a group of industrial chemicals that contains over 4,700 substances. They are a danger to human health and will accumulate in the environment because of their persistency. Prominent substances in the group include:
• Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)
• Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Order No. 681 of May 25, 2020, does not limit the scope of which PFAS are banned. It also fails to specify which PFAS migration limits are acceptable for food contact materials and articles that have a functional barrier.

The new regulation will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Products that do not meet the scope of the new regulation but do meet the general safety requirements in Regulation (EC) 1935/2004, and which were placed on the market before July 1, 2020, may remain on the market until stocks are exhausted

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