New York State Prohibits PFAS Substances in Plant Fiber Based Food Packaging

New York State has signed into law a
prohibition on adding perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS
substances) to some food packaging materials and articles.

The governor signed into law S8817
(companion A4739-C) on December 2, 2020. It amends the state’s Environmental
Conservation Law and adds new § 37-0209 to prohibit PFAS substances in food
packaging. The scope of the law covers food packaging made, predominantly, from
paper, paperboard or other materials derived from plant fibers.

Definitions within the law include:

  • ‘Food
    Packaging’ – package or packaging component that is intended for direct food
    contact and is mainly comprised of paper, paperboard, or other materials
    originally derived from plant fibers
  • ‘PFAS
    substances’ – means ‘perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances’, a class of
    fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon
  • ‘Intentionally
    added’ chemical – means a chemical in a product that serves an intended
    function in the product component

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PFAS substances are added to a wide
variety of products to provide anti-stain, water, grease, oil and/or dirt
repelling properties. In the context of food contact materials, they are known
to be included in products such as fast-food containers, microwave popcorn
bags, non-stick cookware, and paper wrappers for sandwiches and butter.

The new law
will come into effect on December 31, 2022.

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