Credit: Downey Brand LLP
On October 5, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two laws further restricting the use of PFAS. California will now ban PFAS compounds in many products for infants and children under 12, and disposable food packaging.
In an article co-authored with Downey Brand LLP, Ramboll environmental experts Steve Luis and Elizabeth Miesner provide an update on the new laws, which join the complex and expanding PFAS regulatory landscape in California and nationwide and will widely impact various industries.
One of the new laws (AB 652) bans the sale or distribution of infant and children’s products containing PFAS. This law will take effect on July 1, 2023 and is the first in the US to address PFAS in these products.
The second law (AB 1200), set to take effect on January 1, 2023, bans food packaging containing PFAS that a manufacturer intentionally adds to products. It also requires cookware manufacturers to disclose on their product labels and online whether they contain intentionally added PFAS, along with other listed chemicals.