American consumers are growing increasingly concerned about food safety and chemical hazards.
Over the past 10 years, the market has shifted away from products containing bisphenol A (BPA) — previously found in baby bottles, sippy cups and food packaging — following widespread consumer demand for safer products.
But BPA is not the only chemical of concern in the food supply that should be on the radar of sustainability professionals.
Meet the new BPA: phthalates and PFAS.
Over the past year, a tidal wave of media and public attention has been paid to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, and how they have contaminated the drinking water of millions of Americans coast to coast.
But most major grocery, big box and restaurant chains may not realize that PFAS and another class of toxic chemicals called phthalates are hiding in the food and food packaging they serve to their customers every day, posing a hidden business liability to retailers and brands.
Phthalates and PFAS are used in food processing, packaging and preparation.
In fact, they’re found in America’s favorite brands of food products, despite that they pose notable hidden financial, legal, regulatory and reputational liabilities to businesses.
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