NY bans carcinogenic ‘forever chemicals’ used in pizza boxes and food packaging – NBC New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed a law banning the continued use of “forever chemicals” commonly used in pizza boxes and other food packaging.

The new law bans the use of per- and polyfluoroalkylated chemicals (PFAS) that have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, kidney disease and a weakened immune system, wrote the bill’s authors, Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Patricia Fahy.

“Today, New York joins Washington State and Maine in adopting strong protections against carcinogenic PFAS chemicals in food packaging, such as pizza boxes and fast food containers from restaurants like Wendy’s and McDonald’s. “Senator Hoylman said in a press release Thursday.

PFSAs are commonly referred to as “eternal chemicals” because they do not break down easily after ingestion. The chemical is often added to packaging by manufacturers for its resistance to water and grease, according to Consumer reports, who “applauded” the passage of New York’s new law.

The first fines imposed on companies that break the law are $ 10,000. Additional infractions could result in penalties of up to $ 25,000.

According to the text of the bill, its rules come into force on December 31, 2022.

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