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Michigan proposes to ban the use of PFAS and other chemicals in food packaging


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2023-05-25

The state of Michigan in the United States has introduced a bill (SB 327) prohibiting the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. This proposal restricts food packaging that has undergone direct fluorination treatment, or intentionally adds more PFAS, bisphenols, or phthalates than occasionally present food packaging, with an effective date of January 1, 2025.

On May 4, 2023, Michigan introduced a bill (SB 327) prohibiting the use of certain chemicals in food packaging. This proposal restricts food packaging that has undergone direct fluorination treatment, or intentionally adds more PFAS, bisphenols, or phthalates than occasionally present food packaging, with an effective date of January 1, 2025.

 

Food packaging
Food packaging "refers to containers or packaging materials that provide marketing, protection, or handling methods for direct contact with food. Food packaging includes but is not limited to unsealed containers, such as suitcases, Flat noodles, cups, barrels, hard foil or other trays, packaging films, bags or barrels, and food packaging used to contain food, such as plastic disposable gloves used in commercial or institutional food services.

 

Bisphenols
Bisphenols "refer to industrial compounds used as hard plastic components, such as polycarbonate, epoxy resin, and heat receipt paper. Bisphenol substances include but are not limited to bisphenol A and its symmetrical aromatic ring substituted derivatives, bisphenol AF, bisphenol AP, bisphenol B, bisphenol C, bisphenol C2, bisphenol E, bisphenol F, bisphenol G, bisphenol M, bisphenol P, bisphenol PH, bisphenol S, bisphenol TMC, and bisphenol Z. Bisphenol compounds do not include alkyl substituted bisphenol compounds produced through the xylenol formaldehyde process.

 

Direct fluorination 
Direct fluorination "refers to the process of exposing certain food packaging to fluorine gas to enhance chemical resistance and enhance food storage and preservation.

 

Accidental existence
'Accidental existence' refers to the existence of chemical substances as unexpected or unwanted components.

 

SB 327 Act Link:
https://legiscan.com/MI/text/SB0327/2023

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