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PFAS in Food Packaging Alternatives Assessment

Get involved with the PFAS alternatives assessment

The Departments of Ecology and Health use this page to share information and engage with stakeholders and the public about the PFAS in Food Packaging Alternatives Assessment (RCW 70A.222).

Join our email list to stay up-to-date on our work. We welcome your input and feedback throughout our process. Contact the project coordinator, Rae Eaton (rae.eaton@ecy.wa.gov), with questions, and find more ways to get involved below. Review feedback received from stakeholders throughout the alternatives assessment process on our comments page.

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Sharing the first PFAS in Food Packaging AA

The Departments of Ecology and Health submitted the PFAS in Food Packaging AA Report to the Legislature, and published the PFAS in Food Packaging Alternatives Assessment in February 2021.

Our report found safer alternatives to PFAS in four types of food packaging:

  • Wraps and liners.
  • Plates.
  • Food boats.
  • Pizza boxes.

Publishing this report starts a two-year timeline: PFAS will be restricted in these four types of food packaging starting in February 2023.

Stay engaged with the next AA

We’re starting our work to build on information in the first AA and find safer alternatives in six remaining types of food packaging:

  • Trays.
  • Bags and sleeves.
  • French fry cartons.
  • Clamshells.
  • Interlocking food containers.
  • Bowls.

We need stakeholder input to effectively scope the next AA. We encourage you to continue to stay engaged with our process.

Register for our upcoming webinar

This webinar will provide a project update on the PFAS in Food Packaging alternatives assessment.

Previous webinar materials: Listen to a recording of a previous webinar or review the presentation slides, available in the documents section below.

Background

In 2018, Washington State passed a law to prohibit all Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in plant fiber-based food packaging. The PFAS ban takes effect following the identification of safer alternative products as described in the Toxics in Packaging law (RCW 70.95G). 

The PFAS Alternatives Assessment (PFAS AA) must consider chemical hazard, performance, cost and availability, and exposure. Following the product evaluations, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will submit their findings for external peer review and publish the results in the Washington State Register. If Ecology does not find a safer alternative, then the department will conduct an annual review and report on alternatives.

Find information about the approach our team used to assess hazard, exposure, performance, and cost and availability in the first AA in each methodology section in the alternatives assessment.

Resources

Alternatives Assessment Topics of Interest

Hear from the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment on the current state of environmental justice and health equity considerations in the alternatives assessment approach. Get a list of the resources they provide in the webinar on their past webinars page.

Other PFAS Information

Questions?

For more information, contact the PFAS AA Team:

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Documents

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
TextDescriptions_Figures_PFAS_FoodPackaging_AA.pdf 534.5 KB Accessible text descriptions for PFAS AA graphics
Accessible text descriptions for PFAS AA graphics
First AA supporting ... 02/22/21 04:42 PM
PFAS AA Update Webinar 9-22-20.pdf 627.1 KB
Webinar slides 09/22/20 10:52 AM
PFAS in Food Contact AA Aug 11 2020 Webinar FINAL.pdf 1.2 MB
Webinar slides 08/12/20 10:19 AM
PFAS AA Update Webinar Recording - 8-11-2020.mp4 41.1 MB
Webinar Materials 08/12/20 09:23 AM
WA State Academy of Sciences PFAS AA Review Committee.pdf 125.5 KB
Project updates 08/06/20 02:56 PM
ScopingCall_No2_11252019.pptx 451.8 KB
General information 07/07/20 04:10 PM
ScopingCall_09102019.pptx 339.9 KB
General information 07/07/20 04:10 PM
PFAS AA Update Webinar 6-30-2020.mp4 62 MB
Webinar Materials 07/01/20 08:17 AM
WA PFAS in Food Contact AA June 30 2020 Webinar FINAL e-comment.pdf 1.5 MB
Webinar slides 06/30/20 12:41 PM
PFAS AA Performance Methodology_0601820 DRAFT APPROVED.pdf 759.1 KB
General information 06/18/20 08:56 AM
PFAS AA Update Webinar Recording 5-26-2020.mp4 58.9 MB
Webinar Materials 05/27/20 09:41 AM
PFAS AA Webinar Polling Question - May 26, 2020.xlsx 9 KB
Webinar Materials 05/26/20 01:41 PM
PFAS in Food Contact AA May 26 2020 FINAL.pptx 18.9 MB
Webinar slides 05/26/20 01:40 PM
Peer Reviewer NDA 4-3-20.docx 18 KB
General information 05/13/20 05:35 PM
PFAS AA Update Webinar Polling Questions 4-14-2020.xlsx 10.9 KB
Webinar Materials 05/04/20 01:31 PM
PFAS in Food Contact AA Apr 14 2020_FINAL.pdf 1.3 MB
Webinar slides 04/15/20 08:57 AM
PFAS AA Project Update Webinar Recording 4-14-2020.mp4 76.5 MB
Webinar Materials 04/15/20 08:53 AM
CBI process for PFAS AA 4-8-20.pdf 159.8 KB
Confidential Busines... 04/10/20 01:40 PM
PFAS_AA_CBI_Request_Template 4-8-20.pdf 93.3 KB
Confidential Busines... 04/10/20 01:40 PM
WA Ecology PFAS AA Exposure Methodology 03192020.pdf 376.4 KB
General information 03/20/20 04:13 PM
Ecology PFAS AA Hazard Methodology 03192020.pdf 192.2 KB
General information 03/20/20 04:12 PM
PFAS AA Project Update Webinar Recording 3-3-2020.mp4 55.9 MB
Webinar Materials 03/04/20 09:16 AM
Ecology PFAS Product and Alternatives Scoping Paper 02-24-2020.docx 26.7 KB
General information 02/25/20 11:14 AM
WA_Food Packaging_UserQuestions.docx 19 KB
General information 02/12/20 08:25 AM
GARE-Racial_Equity_Toolkit.pdf 4.5 MB
General information 02/12/20 08:23 AM
PFAS AA Project Update Webinar Recording 2-11-2020.mp4 51 MB
Webinar Materials 02/12/20 08:23 AM
PFAS in Food Contact AA January 2020 Update.pptx 18.6 MB
Webinar slides 02/12/20 08:21 AM
PFAS in Food Contact AA January 2020 Update.pptx 18.6 MB
Webinar slides 02/07/20 09:43 AM
PFAS AA Project Update 1-28-2020.mp4 45.8 MB
Webinar Materials 02/05/20 03:38 PM
PFAS AA May 2019 Update.pdf 374 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:29 AM
PFAS AA November 2019 update.pdf 179 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:23 AM
PFAS AA October 2019 update.pdf 271.1 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:23 AM
PFAS AA September 2019 update.pdf 297.5 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:22 AM
PFAS AA August 2019 update.pdf 108.3 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:21 AM
PFAS AA July 2019 update.pdf 279.6 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:21 AM
PFAS AA Webinar_05152019.pdf 3 MB May 2019 Webinar
May 2019 Webinar
Webinar slides 01/27/20 10:18 AM
PFAS AA February 2019 update.pdf 177.3 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:15 AM
PFAS AA January 2019 update.pdf 174.7 KB
Project updates 01/27/20 10:15 AM
PFAS_Food_Pckg_AA_Statement_of_Work.pdf 585.3 KB
General information 01/27/20 10:03 AM
PFAS_Food_Pckg_AA_Deliverables.pdf 397.4 KB
General information 01/27/20 10:03 AM
PFAS_Food_Pckg_AA_Timeline.pdf 345.6 KB
General information 01/27/20 10:02 AM
PFASFoodPackagingAAProjectSummary110618.pdf 618.9 KB
General information 01/27/20 10:02 AM
PFAS_AA_Hazard_Assess_Methodology_DRAFT.pdf 424.7 KB
Hazard Assessment 01/27/20 10:01 AM
PFAS_AA_Hazard_Assess_Overview.pdf 595.7 KB
Hazard Assessment 01/27/20 10:01 AM

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