The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has reminded stakeholders that there are just a few days remaining to submit comments on a background document that will inform a workshop to be held on January 14, 2020 focusing on “Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) and their Alternatives in Food Packaging” (FPF reported). The comment period is open until January 14, 2020, and an agenda for the workshop has been made available. The workshop’s aim is to help the state “determine whether to designate one or more PFAS-containing food packaging products as a Priority Product under the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulatory framework.” The state is seeking comments from stakeholders to help identify current uses of PFAS in food packaging, availability of alternatives, and life cycle impacts.
Food packaging is one of seven product categories included in the framework’s work plan, and PFAS “align with two of the policy considerations” to protect children from exposure to harmful chemicals and to protect Californians from chemicals that migrate into food from packaging.
DTSC (October 25, 2019). “Comment Period Detail: Food Packaging with Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs).”
DTSC (October 24, 2019). “Work Plan Implementation: Food Packaging with Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs).” (pdf)
Keller and Heckman LLP (January 21, 2020). “California Holds Workshop on PFAS in Food Packaging.”
Amanda Ulrich (January 22, 2020). “California PFAS priority product proposal sparks discord.” Chemical Watch