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California bans ‘forever chemicals’ from baby products, food packaging

6th October (WNN) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills banning the use of toxic so-called forever chemicals in products and disposable food packaging for children.

Democratic governors signed bills into law on Tuesday that would regulate the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, which are considered perpetual chemicals because they don’t break down in the environment and cause cancer, Fetal development issues and present serious health concerns. Decrease the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Assembly Bill 652, one of the laws signed Tuesday by Newsom, becomes effective July 1, 2023, banning the use of PFAS chemicals in baby products, including pillows, changing pads, car seats and crib mattresses, among other products. Is.

According to the non-profit, nonpartisan Environmental Working Group, the PFAS coating on children’s products slows down with wear and can be ingested by children as dust mites or directly from their mouths.

“Children are particularly vulnerable to harm from PFAS exposure,” David Andrews, senior scientist at EWG, said in a statement. “Many PFAS chemicals bioaccumulate and are found in the blood of nearly all Americans, including infants and toddlers.”

Bill Allaude, EWG’s director of California Gov. Affairs, said the new law puts California in the lead in protecting children’s health.

“We applaud Government Newsom for giving parents confidence that the products they buy for their children are free of toxic PFAS,” he said.

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Other legislation Gavin signed into law, Assembly Bill 1200, permanently prohibits adding chemicals to disposable food packaging, utensils and paper straws as of January 1, 2023, as well as requiring cookware manufacturers to disclose the presence of all hazardous chemicals. are required to do so, including PFAS, on their label from January 2024.

“For the first time, cookware manufacturers must disclose on the label the chemicals present in the surface coatings of their products,” Susan Little, EWG’s senior advocate for California Gov. Affairs, said in a separate statement. In the dark about the chemicals used in their cookware, which can enter the human body through the food they eat.

According to a report by the Ecology Center, 79% of cooking pans and 20% of baking pans were coated in these forever chemicals.

Food is a major source of exposure to these forever chemicals, but Andrews said there’s no reason PFAS needs to be included in food packaging.

“PFAS can leach from packaging into food and they are toxic at incredibly low concentrations,” he said.

Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington have all banned PFAS from food packaging.

The signing of the laws follows the US Environmental Protection Agency setting up a council in late April to better understand and reduce the risk of PFAS.

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