U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has introduced legislation that would “ban the use of toxic perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) in food containers and cookware.” The Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to deem PFAS chemicals in food containers as unsafe by 2022. “We already know the double cheeseburger and fries are not the most healthy meal, but no one suspects the dangerous chemicals seeping into your food from the wrapper or food containers,” Dingell is quoted as saying in a press release. “This important legislation ensures unsafe, hazardous chemicals are not allowed near the food we eat.”

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