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Nearly two-thirds of paper takeout containers often used at self-serve salad and hot bars appear to have been treated with PFAS, toxic chemicals that may have adverse health impacts, according to a study by the nonprofit Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future.
The group tested 78 items from five of the largest U.S. grocery store owners: Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. While researchers found only 10 total products with PFAS, five of 17 Whole Foods items tested positive for the chemical, reported Bloomberg.
The Amazon-owned chain quickly removed packages cited in the report, noting it was “actively working with our suppliers to find and scale new compostable packaging options.” In addition to calling for a ban on PFAS in food packaging, health advocates have urged commercial composting facilities to stop accepting any PFAS-treated materials.