On October 5, 2021, California became the seventh state to pass legislation to ban PFAS in food packaging. PFAS chemicals have been linked to a wide range of health effects including immune system toxicity, elevated cholesterol, delayed mammary gland development, effects on the thyroid and liver, and cancer. Scientists are concerned that exposure to chemicals that alter mammary gland development may increase the risk of breast cancer later in life.
“Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) applauds California for becoming the seventh state to ban PFAS from food packaging,” says Cheryl Osimo, MBCC’s Executive Director. “MBCC was thankful for the opportunity to testify before the Joint Committee on Public Health on October 7, in support of S. 1494, an Act Relative to chemicals in food packaging and H. 2348, an Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging,” Osimo continues, “We feel strongly that it is time for Massachusetts to become the 8th state, and we will continue to work in support of the passage of these bills to ensure the protection of public health. Without the support of bills like these, PFAS accumulation will only worsen and threaten our health, and the health of our children, grandchildren, and future generations.”