Florida to phase out use of polystyrene as food packaging over safety concerns

U.S – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has begun rulemaking to phase out the use of polystyrene products in Florida grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, and other regulated businesses. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the major consumer and environmental policy initiative at a press conference in Sarasota. For 100 years, polystyrene food packaging products like Styrofoam cups, plates, and to-go boxes have been inexpensive and widely available. However, studies have shown that chemicals within polystyrene foam may be linked to cancer, vision and hearing loss, birth defects,…

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FDA reminds industry players on use of fluorinated polyethylene as food contact surfaces

U.S -The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agency responsible for the safety and security of the United States’ (U.S) food supply, has issued a letter reminding food industry manufacturers, distributors, and users of fluorinated polyethylene food contact articles, that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use. The agency said it took this step to ensure that food packaging manufacturers that produce, use or distribute fluorinated polyethylene food contact containers are aware of FDA’s regulation pertaining to requirements for fluorinating polyethylene containers used with food. Susan Mayne,…

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