California Legislature Considers Food Packaging Ban

A bill is in the works that aims to make California the first state to ban food packaging that consist of potentially toxic chemicals.  Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco says AB 958 would ban all food providers from using wrappers, bags, boxes, and takeout containers that are made with PFCs, chemicals that have been linked to cancer and organ failure.

Recent research shows that 40-percent of fast food wrappers tested positive for being lined with hazardous coatings similar to Teflon.  Ting says if PFCs were to be prohibited from being used in the food industry, families wouldn't have to worry about eating harmful chemicals.

The Assemblyman points to a 2015 report claiming that hundreds of scientists urged the abandonment of PFCs and the development of safer alternatives.

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