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Wendy’s announces ban on toxic chemicals in food packaging

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fast-food chain Wendy’s recently reported that it will eliminate toxic chemicals PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) from its consumer-facing packaging in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2021. The company also reports that it is establishing a restricted substances list (RSL) in the U.S.

The company stated: “In the U.S., we are establishing a restricted substances list…we anticipate full elimination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly called PFAS, from consumer-facing packaging in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2021.” (emphasis added)

“Wendy’s is taking meaningful action at a pace we’re thrilled to see,” explains Mike Schade, Mind the Store campaign director. “This announcement proves that it is feasible for large companies to phase out PFAS in food packaging by the end of this year. But now the big question is, will Burger King finally take action? Our testing found that these chemicals are likely being used in packaging at Burger King—including the wrapper for the Whopper. With more than 2 million Whoppers sold per day, this impacts millions of people each week.” Read more…