New York State Prohibits PFAS Substances in Plant Fiber Based Food Packaging

New York State Prohibits PFAS Substances in Plant Fiber Based Food Packaging

New York State Prohibits PFAS Substances in Plant Fiber Based Food Packaging

PoliticMag Press Release : December 22, 2020

New York State has signed into law a prohibition on adding perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS substances) to some food packaging materials and articles.


The governor signed into law S8817 (companion A4739-C) on December 2, 2020. It amends the state’s Environmental Conservation Law and adds new § 37-0209 to prohibit PFAS substances in food packaging. The scope of the law covers food packaging made, predominantly, from paper, paperboard or other materials derived from plant fibers.


Definitions within the law include:


  • ‘Food Packaging’ – package or packaging component that is intended for direct food and is mainly comprised of paper, paperboard, or other materials originally derived from plant fibers
  • ‘PFAS substances’ – means ‘perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances’, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom
  • ‘Intentionally added’ chemical – means a chemical in a product that serves an intended function in the product component


PFAS substances are added to a wide variety of products to provide anti-stain, water, grease, oil and/or dirt repelling properties. In the context of food materials, they are known to be included in products such as fast-food containers, microwave popcorn bags, non-stick cookware, and paper wrappers for sandwiches and butter.


The new law will come into effect on December 31, 2022.


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