New York State Legislature Passed Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging
Today, the New York State Legislature passed legislation (S.8817 and A.4739-C) that bans per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging sold or distributed in the state effective in 2023. Earthjustice, its partners, and clients are grateful to the state legislators who followed the science and voted to protect families by banning toxic PFAS, which are linked to serious diseases and may exacerbate the detrimental health effects of COVID-19.
The following is a statement from Eve Gartner, Toxic Exposure and Health Program managing attorney:
“New York has taken a giant step in protecting its residents from toxic PFAS chemicals. We will be grappling for decades with how to get PFAS out of our drinking water — and to pay the costs of that clean-up — it is just common sense to prohibit the use of PFAS in food packaging since we know that these packaging chemicals end up in our food and our bodies.”
For more information on PFAS: Breaking down PFAS
Eve Gartner, Earthjustice