New York State has now adopted the strongest PFAS in Food Packaging ban. This nation-leading move is a win for New Yorkers and the US in general. It demonstrates that we can summon the political will to overcome corporate interests and take the bold measures required to protect our citizens.
Our current health crisis underscores the importance of this action. There is a growing body of research showing that PFAS poisoning can weaken the immune system and undermine resistance to infections such as COVID-19. According to the CDC, “PFAS exposure may reduce antibody responses to vaccines.” Our business community is ready to pivot to safer alternatives, and we already have PFAS-free food packaging produced right here in New York State.
Big thanks to Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy and Senator Brad Hoylman for their leadership on this bill (S8817/A4739B), and to Governor Cuomo for signing it. Congratulations for taking this important step in reducing our consumption of PFAS.