PFAS in food packaging
Certain types of food packaging that have per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) intentionally added to them may not be manufactured, sold, or distributed in Washington beginning in 2023 according to a food packaging prohibition (RCW 70A.222.070).
The ban applies to certain food packaging types made of:
- Paper or other plant fiber
- Have PFAS intentionally added.
Manufacturers that make food packaging items on the banned list must develop a certificate of compliance.
What types of food packaging are banned?
Below is the list of food packaging and dates they are banned. These apply to packaging made of paper or other plant fiber AND have PFAS intentionally added.
February 2023, the following types of food packaging are banned:
- Food boats
- Pizza boxes
May 2024, the following types of food packaging are banned:
- Bags and sleeves
- Flat serviceware, including items like plates and trays
- Open-top containers, including items like french fry cartons and food cups
- Closed containers, including items like clamshells
How do businesses need to comply?
As of Feb. 1, 2023:
Food packaging manufacturers, distributors, and retailers may not manufacture, sell, or distribute wraps, plates, food boats, or pizza boxes with PFAS chemicals intentionally added.
As of May 1, 2024:
Food packaging manufacturers, distributors, and retailers may not manufacture, sell, or distribute bags, sleeves, bowls, flat serviceware, open-top containers, or closed containers with PFAS chemicals intentionally added.
Certificate of compliance required for food packaging manufacturers
Manufacturers that produce any of the restricted food packaging must fill out a certificate of compliance. Keep the certificate as long as the packaging is in use, and for three years after its last sale or distribution. This certificate must be provided if requested.