Recent Report on Chemicals in Food Packaging

Last week a watchdog group released a report on PFAS chemicals in to-go food packaging, specifically calling out Whole Foods.

What are PFAS?

PFAS are a grouping of man-made chemicals that include per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOA’s and PFOS). These chemicals are commonly used as non-stick coatings, stain repellents, and in fire repellents. In food packaging they are used as waxy coatings to make containers leak-proof. PFAS do not break down and therefore can accumulate in the human body and in the environment. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified PFOA as possibly carcinogenic to humans, but has not evaluated if other PFAS may also cause cancer.

Does any Co-op packaging contain PFAS?

The Co-op is currently contacting its packaging suppliers to find out if any of the Co-op provided to-go packaging has been treated with PFAS. If any packaging is found to contain PFAS steps will be taken to source different packaging. We will report back to our shoppers the steps we’ve taken to ensure that we have to-go packaging that can be trusted.

Resource Information on PFAS

Have any questions or concerns about PFAS in food packaging, contact us at

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Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers is the Co-op's member education manager. Contact her at erogers at coopfoodstore dot com.

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