5 US states now ban PFAS in food packaging

2021-06-22

On June 9, 2021, the US state of Connecticut passed Bill No. 926 prohibiting the “sale of consumer packaging that contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).” The bill was unanimously passed by the state’s senate, and Governor Ted Lamont is expected to soon sign it into law. After January 2024, no manufacturer, supplier, or distributor will be allowed to sell PFAS-containing packaging within the state. Connecticut will become the fifth US state to ban PFAS in food packaging (FPF reported, also here and here).

On May 19, the US state of Vermont also established a ban of PFAS in food packaging when it passed the largest, most comprehensive piece of PFAS legislation seen so far in the country. In addition to banning PFAS in packaging and firefighting foam, Vermont’s legislation applies to many household products. Bisphenols (FPF reported here and here) are also included in the statute. The new legislation allows the state’s Department of Health to ban bisphenols in food packaging if “a safer alternative is readily available in sufficient quantity and at a comparable cost … [and] performs as well as or better than bisphenols in a specific application.” The law goes into effect July 1, 2021 with restrictions to be phased in over the next several years.

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Food Packaging Forum, 22 June 2021
; https://www.foodpackagingforum.org/news/5-us-states-now-ban-pfas-in-food-packaging