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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman responded to recent media reports on fluorinated chemistry with the following statement:
“AF&PA member companies do not use older, long-chained fluorinated chemistries such as PFOA and PFOS in the production of food contact paper and paperboard. They modified paper coating formulas many years ago and ahead of the 2016 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on various long-chain PFAS chemicals. FDA’s careful study and approval of the use of modern, short-chain PFAS chemicals allows for continued production of safe and reliable food packaging. Our companies remain committed to making products that consumers can trust and will continue to be industry leaders by taking voluntary action and complying with all regulations to ensure only safe materials are used in food packaging.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.