California Bans PFAS in Paper-Based Food Packaging

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SACRAMENTO – California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law today banning the use of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in paper-based food packaging and to require disclosure of toxic substances in cookware.

The bill, AB 1200, known as the California Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act of 2021 and authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), will protect consumers and the environment from PFAS and other harmful chemicals by:

(*) Banning paper-based food packaging using PFAS chemicals starting January 1, 2023   

(*) Requiring cookware manufacturers starting January 1, 2024, to disclose the presence of chemicals in their products that are of concern for human health or the environment   

(*) Prohibiting misleading advertising on cookware packaging as early as January 1, 2023



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