Restaurant Brands International commits to eliminating PFAS in food packaging by 2025

Following engagement with As You Sow, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), owner of Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons, has committed to eliminating PFAS (per- and fluoroalkyl substances) from its food packaging by 2025 in all stores worldwide. 

PFAS are a group of highly toxic chemicals used in a range of products, including non-stick and stain-repellent products. PFAS are extremely persistent, building up in the environment, drinking water, and our blood. Studies have linked PFAS exposure to serious medical conditions such as cancer and reproductive harm. These impacts disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of colour.

Burger King’s food packaging was identified in a 2020 study by Toxic-Free Future as containing these harmful and “forever chemicals.” Its commitment follows other major fast-food chains including McDonald’s and Wendy’s, who have both made commitments to phase out PFAS from consumer packaging. Investor pressure by As You Sow and other organizations, including Toxic-Free Future, has helped move RBI towards making this important commitment. 

Ariana Guilak, environmental health program coordinator at As You Sow, said: “We are pleased Burger King has committed to eliminate these harmful chemicals from its consumer packaging. While the commitment means that Burger King is catching up to its competitors, investors look forward to continued efforts by the company to better protect the environment and public health.” 

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