Briefs and Reports

Policy Brief: Strengthening Regulation of PFAS in Food Packaging Perspectives from the Philippines

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl- substances (PFAS), a group of chemicals widely linked to a variety of health conditions, including cancer, immunotoxicity, cardiorespiratory diseases, endocrine toxicity, reproductive issues, and neurodevelopmental complications, has been found to be commonly used in food paper packaging products. Women, children, and factory  workers are at higher risk to these negative health impacts due to inherent age and sex-related vulnerabilities and increased exposure.

This scoping review investigates the existing policies and regulations for PFAS use in food paper packaging in the Philippines, as well as the gaps and challenges in mitigating risk exposure in vulnerable populations.