SGS Publishes Overview of New Food Container Rules for Oregon, USA

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that the US state of Oregon has approved measures to prohibit polystyrene (PS) foam containers and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food containers.

State Bill 543 was signed into law on May 8, 2023. It will regulate:

– Single use PS foam containers for prepared food
– PS foam containers
– PS foam packaging peanuts
– PFAS in food containers

PFAS is defined in the law as a substance included in a class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing as least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.

SGS has published SafeGuardS 061.23 to help stakeholders understand the full scope and requirements of the new law. It contains a table that includes examples of products in scope, as well as exempted products.

The new law will come into effect on January 1, 2025.

SGS Food Contact Material Services
SGS’s technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Food Contact Material Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Oregon, USA, Bans Polystyrene Foam Containers and PFAS in Foodware Containers SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: +852 2774 7420

Melanie Tamayo
Senior Technical Manager
Mob: +1 312 414 9394

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