New York has now banned the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) in food packaging. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation maintain that any level of these chemicals is unsafe. Studies have linked PFAS chemicals to increased cancer risk, kidney disease, celiac disease, and weakened immune systems, among other serious adverse health consequences.
“New York joins Washington State and Maine in passing strong protections against cancer-causing PFAS chemicals in food packaging, such as pizza boxes and fast food containers from restaurants like Wendy’s and McDonald’s. PFAS chemicals, which are called ‘forever chemicals’ because they’re practically indestructible, have been linked to harmful health effects including decreased fertility, weakened immune systems, low infant birth rates, and increased risks for certain cancers.” -Senator Brad Hoylman
Companies found violating the law will be subject to a $10,000 first-time fine with subsequent violations reaching up to $25,000 penalty.