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FEBRUARY 2021- ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS
The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) published1 an update of their Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation2 in February 2021. This includes newly added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and phthalates as regulated chemicals in packaging. It will be up to each state to adopt changes to their existing laws or adopt a new law to address toxics in packaging.
TPCH Model Legislation and laws enacted in 19 US states that prohibit the intentional use of cadmium, lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium in any finished package or packaging component. The sum of four heavy metals should not exceed 100 ppm and such requirement is the same as EU Directive 94/62/EC. TPCH is an organization to promote the Model Legislation and consistency in its implementation across states that adopted the Model Legislation. This Legislation applies to any container to provide a means of marketing, protecting or handling a product e.g. carrying cases, crates, cups, pails, rigid foil and other trays, wrappers and wrapping films, bags and tubs.
Phthalates are defined as all members of the class of organic chemicals that are esters of phthalic acid and that contain 2 carbon chains located in the ortho while PFAS refer to all members of the class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom. TPCH would like to address this as classes of substances just like the approach by New York State3 and Washington State4 for PFAS. Hence, the Legislation does not give a complete list of substances.
|Phthalates||<100 ppm by weight (sum)
The Legislation also added process options to phase out new toxic chemicals.
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