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Washington State's Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging: Details and Compliance Information

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PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are hazardous chemicals used in some food packaging for greaseproof and waterproof properties. Exposure to PFAS can lead to health issues such as increased cancer risk, compromised immune systems, and reduced birth weight. These substances can contaminate soil and groundwater, affecting animals, plants, and human populations.

In response, Washington State has enacted legislation banning the manufacture, sale, and distribution of certain food packaging that contains intentionally added PFAS. This legislation initially targeted products like wraps, plates, food boats, pizza boxes, and more, starting February 1, 2023. As of May 1, 2024, additional items such as bags, sleeves, bowls, and various types of containers will also be subject to the ban. Manufacturers must certify that their products are compliant with this law, and consumers can request these certificates to ensure compliance. More details can be found on the state's website or through contact emails provided for inquiries.



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