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The Governor of Washington state has recently signed the Healthy Food Packaging Act, making Washington becomes the first state in the USA to ban perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (also known as PFAS) in paper food packaging. PFAS are industrial chemicals used in nonstick coatings on food packaging, also in stain-resistant and waterproof coatings in furniture and clothing.
If the Department of Ecology is not able to identify safer alternatives by 1 January 2020, the ban will not go into effect. The Department must review and report alternatives every year until they are found to be available. Once a safer alternative is identified, the ban will have a 2-year transition period to become effective.
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