Connecticut Bans PFAS in Food Packaging

A look at recent changes to the law in Connecticut banning PFAS in food packaging.
( | Press Release | 2021-07-29 21:13:10 )
The US state of Connecticut has prohibited perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food contact materials and articles.

Substitute for Raised Senate Bill No. 837 (Act No. 21-191) became law on June 28, 2021, repealing Section 22a-255i ‘Section 22a-255i ‘Sale of packaging components or packaging composed of lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium’.

The new law:
• Prohibits intentionally added PFAS in food packaging
• Prohibits any material used to replace a regulated chemical under Sections 22a-255g to 22a-255m in a package or packaging component in a quantity or manner that creates a hazard as great as, or greater than, the hazard by the regulated chemicals in these sections (current specific metals are lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium (VI))

The effective date for the new law is December 31, 2023.

The Act includes the following definitions:

• ‘Perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)’ – all members of the class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom
• ‘Food packaging’ – any package or packaging component that is applied to or in direct contact with any food or beverage

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