On August 31, 2020, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will hold a virtual workshop to receive public input on its proposal to identify per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in plant-fiber based food packaging as a priority product under the state’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulatory framework. This follows an introductory workshop on the topic held in January 2020 (FPF reported). The agenda for the August workshop is available, and registration is open.

The agency’s reasoning for including food packaging containing PFAS as a priority product is provided in a product-chemical profile that is has been published and is open for public comment until September 13, 2020. Specifically, “DTSC has determined that plant fiber-based food packaging containing any member of the class of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) meets the key prioritization criteria for listing a Priority Product” through having a potential public exposure and the potential “for one or more exposures to contribute to or cause significant or widespread adverse impacts.”

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DTSC (July 30, 2020). “Proposed Priority Product: Food Packaging Containing Perfluoroalkyl or Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.”

Terry Hyland (August 3, 2020). “California proposes priority product listing for food packaging containing PFASs.” Chemical Watch

George Misko (August 20, 2020). “California Evaluates Food Packaging under Its Safer Consumer Products Program.” Food Safety Magazine


DTSC (July 2020). “Product – Chemical Profile  for Food Packaging Containing Perfluoroalkyl or Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – Discussion Draft.” (pdf)