Help us promote policy change to ban dangerous PFAS in food packaging. By filling out the form below, this letter will be sent to your legislator urging them to cosponsor Bills H.2348 and S.1494. You will receive a copy of the email as well.
Letter to your Legislator
This is the letter that will be sent when you complete the form below. Be sure to enter in their email address and name correctly to help ensure they receive it.
Dear Representative/Senator ______________,
I am writing to you to ask that you please consider cosponsoring Bills H.2348 An Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging, and S.1494 An Act relative to chemicals in food packaging. There has been research on the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and its potential long-term effects on people’s bodies, especially the bodies of developing children and women.
PFAS are a class of man-made chemicals that are often used in the production of a wide range of consumer products such as stain-resistant carpets, firefighting foam, ski wax, and, most of all, in grease-proof food packaging. Many people in the Commonwealth and beyond rely on fast food and pre-packaged food in order to eat throughout the workday. They may be unknowingly allowing PFAS into their bodies. PFAS are extremely persistent, and some can linger in our bodies (and environment) for many years.
A 2019 study by Silent Spring Institute revealed that people who ate more meals at home had significantly lower levels of PFAS in their bodies compared to those who consumed more fast food or ate out more often. The same study also showed that people who ate more microwave popcorn had higher PFAS in their blood. Fast food is disproportionately consumed in areas defined by high poverty, making elimination of PFAS an equity issue.
PFAS and by extension, chemicals in food packaging, are a huge issue for both the well-being of the people as well as the very environment we live in. Therefore, I am urging you to please lend your support and co-sponsor Bills HD.2071 and SD.1120 in order to help take steps towards a healthier future.