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PFAS Food Package Ban, Cookware Rule Moves in California (1)

April 22, 2021, 4:53 PMUpdated: April 22, 2021, 5:23 PM

California is one step closer to banning “forever chemicals” in food packaging and requiring health warnings on cookware containing those compounds, under a bill passed in the state assembly Thursday.

AB 1200 is the latest effort in the Golden State to tackle per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been found throughout the nation’s water supply, in agriculture products, the air, and humans.

PFAS are part of a family of more than 5,000 chemicals and are widely used because they’re stain- and water-resistant. Exposure can cause an increased risk of certain cancers, developmental problems, and other ill health effects, according ...