Denmark bans harmful fluorinated substances in food packaging
Cardboard, food and baking paper with fluorinated substances will be banned in Denmark from mid-summer, according to the Ministry of Food. Fluorine substances are considered to be both harmful for health and environment, said Mogan Jensen, Danish Minister of Food. "Fluoride substances can migrate into our food, and I will not accept that risk. That is why we now have a Danish ban on fluorine substances, which will come into force on 1 July. I think the drugs are a serious problem and therefore we cannot wait for EU regulation," he said.
When the Danish Food Safety Authority in 2015 and 2018 examined a number of cardboard and paper packaging products in the Danish market, fluorinated compounds were found in almost 50% of the samples. It is burger paper, muffin tins, and microwave popcorn bags that typically have the highest content.
"When we find harmful and environmentally harmful substances in almost half of the analyzes, for me as a minister there is no other way but to go to ban. I have noted that the food industry has accepted the decision because there are solutions other than the fluorinated substances," added minister Jensen.
The Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries agrees with a Danish ban, because the EU Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has changed the risk assessment of fluorinated substances. Fluorinated substances are an environmental toxin that accumulates in humans and animals where they are suspected of being carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting and damaging to the immune system. The ban includes cardboard and paper food contact materials that have been treated with organic fluorinated compounds, informs a press release from the Ministry.
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