California Continues to List Food Packaging in Draft Priority Product Work Plan

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently released a draft of its third priority product work plan under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program covering the period of 2021-2023.  The goal of the Safer Consumer Products Regulations is “to create safer substitutes for hazardous ingredients in consumer products sold in California…”

Food Packaging has been carried over as a Priority Product the Draft 2021-2023 Priority Product Work Plan so that DTSC can continue to evaluate Candidate Chemicals in food packaging. However, the draft plan states that food packaging containing ortho-phthalates is no longer being considered as a Priority Product. The draft proposes a revised definition for Food Packaging to clarify that single-service items used to serve or hold food both for dine-in service and takeout are included. However, DTSC declined to extend the definition of Food Packaging to include food processing equipment, although this had also been requested.   

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