NEW YORK — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), otherwise known as “forever chemicals,” have been the target of recent US legislation due to their resistance to environmental decomposition, as well as their potentially harmful effects on health. PFAS have been used in a wide range of consumer goods industries for decades, but recent research has urged lawmakers to enact bans of PFAS in product packaging and in other applications.

These bans have necessitated more eco- and health-friendly alternatives to provide oil and water resistance in product packaging. To this end, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) has developed a first-of-its-kind, PFAS-free oxygen absorber, which it debuted at PACK EXPO Las Vegas in September.

Aforementioned legislation has resulted in a broad definition of PFAS, according to MGC, which presents challenges for replacing these chemicals with cleaner ones that perform on par with PFAS. MGC’s AGELESS oxygen absorber leverages a proprietary composition built on more than 40 years of technological development, according to the company.

The AGELESS solution eliminates a toxic grease-proofing agent to create an oil-resistant solution that deoxidizes inside packaging to maintain color, flavor, fragrance and nutrition, as well as extend shelf life. According to MCS, the PFAS-free solution can remove 99.9% oxygen from packages within 24 hours, which also provides an opportunity for CPG manufacturers to minimize preservatives, reduce waste and improve quality.

“To develop a brand new, PFAS-free solution for our customers within such a short stretch of time is a truly herculean feat,” said Sean Hael, sales and marketing general manager at Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America. “PFAS-free AGELESS supports companies advancement towards long-term sustainability goals, complies with evolving regulations, all while providing the same performance and efficacy that our customers know and trust.”

The AGELESS oxygen absorber can be used for pet treat packaging, as well as packaging for the processed meat, meat snacks, baked goods, dried fruits, coffee, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. Learn more about the solution on MGC’s website here.

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