On October 5, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law measures banning use of PFAS in a variety of consumer products. The bans, which take effect on July 1, 2023, prevent the use of the chemicals in car seats, cribs, and playpens, as well as in disposable food packaging. The new law also requires warning labels on cookware made with PFAS starting in 2024.
PFAS are a large family of synthetic chemicals used for a wide variety of purposes. In recent years, scientists have concluded that some of these substances can pose human health risks.
For more information, see the ECOS press release on U.S. EPA’s October 2021 PFAS Strategic Roadmap.