SGS Informs Manufacturers About Recent PFAS Restrictions Proposed by US States

Several US states have issued proposals to prohibit perfluoroalkyl
or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in consumer goods. Most of these bills
relate to food contact materials and articles, but other products include
residential upholstered furniture, firefighting foams and firefighting personal
protective equipment (PPE).

Connecticut has issued two proposed bills:

  • Proposed SB 111 – will
    prohibit PFAS in food packaging and food packaging containing expanded polystyrene
    when alternatives are available
  • Proposed SB 404 –
    prohibits PFAS in consumer products

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Iowa has also issued two bills:

  • SF 19 – will prohibit
    PFAS in food packaging from January 1, 2023 (if accepted)
  • HF 293 is proposed to come
    into effect from January 1, 2022, and it covers:

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    1. Flame retardants in
      residential upholstered furniture (restrictions)
    2. PFAS in food
      packaging, Class B firefighting foam, and firefighting PPE (prohibited)

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It should be noted that, if these bills are adopted, existing
stocks acquired before the effective date will be exempt.

Minnesota also has two bills:

  • SF 70/HF 79 – will
    prohibit PFAS in food packaging from January 1, 2022 (if adopted)
  • SF 373 – covers PFAS,
    ortho-phthalates and bisphenols in food packaging. These will be prohibited
    unless their presence is incidental, with the bill coming into effect from
    January 1, 2023 (if adopted)

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Finally, Rhode Island has introduced S.110, which will prohibit
PFAS in food packaging from January 1, 2022 (if accepted).

PFAS are a diverse family of synthetic chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic
acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). They are used in the
manufacture of products with anti-stain, water, grease, oil and/or dirt repelling
properties, including:

  • Cosmetics
  • Food contact materials
    and articles
  • Firefighting foams
  • Stain-resistant
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Waterproof apparel and

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If these proposals are accepted, these US states will join
California (Prop 65), Maine, New York, San Francisco, Washington and other
jurisdictions in regulating PFAS in consumer products.

should be aware these bills may undergo changes as they progress.

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For further information contact:

HingWo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420



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