In an article published on November 22, 2018, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported that the Department of Ecology of the U.S. State of Washington has released a project summary for an alternatives assessment for per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFASs) in paper food packaging. In March 2018, Washington State adopted a law banning the use of PFASs in food packaging by 2022 if suitable alternatives can be identified by 2020 (FPF reported).

“[C]hemical hazard, performance, cost and availability and exposure” will be considered in the assessment, with “a focus on packaging intended for direct food contact, including applications used in the food service industry,” Chemical Watch informed.

Comments on the project proposal can be summitted until December 4, 2018.

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Chemical Watch (November 22, 2018). “Washington state plans alternatives assessment for FCM PFASs.

Lisa Martine Jenkins (December 19, 2018). “FluoroCouncil tells Washington state to consult PFAS packagers on ban.Chemical Watch