Environment & Energy Report

Washington State Expands Search for PFAS-Free Food Containers

Jan. 28, 2020, 8:43 PM

Single-use plates, bowls, and trays are getting closer scrutiny from the state of Washington as it assesses alternatives to food containers made with a family of ubiquitous chemicals, a state official said Tuesday.

The chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, have been found in water supplies across the country. In an effort to reduce public exposure to the chemicals, the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology is preparing an analysis of PFAS-free food containers.

The department is conducting the analysis because of a mandate from the state Legislature. The Department of Ecology will need to determine if PFAS-free food...

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