PFAS public consultation

03 March 2020

Article: 54/906

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the risks to human health related to the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food.

PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the world since the 1940s. Certain PFAS do not break down in the environment or in the human body, and can accumulate over time, while exposure to PFAS may lead to adverse health effects.

People can be exposed to PFAS in different ways, for example through food. Food can become contaminated in many ways, such as through soil and water contamination, concentration of substances in animals via feed and water, food packaging containing PFAS, or equipment that contained PFAS during food processing.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 20 April 2020, which will then be considered by the relevant EFSA Panel.

Source: EFSA, 24 February 2020