Whole Foods pulls coated paper takeout packaging containing cancer-linked PFAS chemicals

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Whole Foods pulls coated paper takeout packaging containing cancer-linked PFAS chemicals

December 12, 2018 - 17:02
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CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2018 (Chicago Tribune) -Whole Foods Market, Amazon.com's grocer that has spurned artificial flavors and antibiotic-laden meat, says it's now working to remove a cancer-linked chemical from some of its food packaging.

The company made the announcement Tuesday, coinciding with a study that found it ranked worst among five U.S. grocery chains in a survey of packaging for takeout food and bakery items. The development highlights how chemicals known as PFAS ("pee-fas," or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are drawing greater attention from consumers. The substances are also the target of renewed scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency this year.

The policy change also shows how companies like Whole Foods, which has built its brand on selling natural and healthy products and maintains a list of unacceptable items, can still struggle to live up to its lofty ideals across its supply chain.

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