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Research Project: Mapping Potential Human Exposure to PFAS from Domestic and Imported Food Packaging

Location: Microbial and Chemical Food Safety

Project Number: 8072-42000-088-003-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2021
End Date: Dec 31, 2023

To conduct non targeted analysis of food packaging materials using migration assays employing food simulants and extraction of packaging materials with high resolution mass spectrometry.

The proposed work will identify, quantify, and evaluate food packaging-associated Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS). By employing both realistic migration studies and more extractive analysis, we will gain insight into food packaging as a potential source of PFAS exposure through its lifetime—that is, both from direct migration into food during product use and from potential re-entry into the food system via the packaging waste cycle. US FDA approved protocols for migration of chemicals will be employed, and high resolution mass spectrometry will be used for identification and analysis of PFAS, followed by targeted analysis to quantify major identified PFAS.