Policy Change to Eliminate PFAS

A Call to Action!

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is calling on residents across the Commonwealth to contact their local legislators to lend their support to legislation that would ban PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and other potentially toxic chemicals from food packaging in Massachusetts.

Poster promoting the MBCC campaign to ban PFAS in food packaging

Current Legislation

S.1494 – An Act relative to chemicals in food packaging

H.2348 – An Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging

On October 7, 2021, MBCC testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of Bill S.1494 and Bill H.2348 to remove these harmful chemicals from food packaging in Massachusetts. MBCC also submitted written testimony to the Committee. You can view that letter here. We encourage our supporters to draft letters to the Committee addressing why you believe this legislation is so important. Please direct your letters to the Joint Committee Chairs Senator Joanne M. Comerford (Jo.Comerford@masenate.gov) and Representative Marjorie C. Decker (Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov). Below we have provided a template for your outreach.

I write today 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, which are currently before the Joint Committee on Public Health for consideration.

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.

Please take the opportunity here to provide personal reasons why you support these bills. It is important for the Committee to understand the personal impact PFAS exposure is having on individuals and their families.

I respectfully request that these bills be reported favorably from the committee so that they may continue through the legislative process.

Click here to fill out a form and automatically send the letter

An Ongoing Process

As of October 5, 2021, California now joins a growing list of states in prohibiting PFAS in food packaging. It is now crucial that Massachusetts joins this list as well.

The following states also have policies currently up for consideration related to banning PFAS from food packaging in favor of safer alternative options: Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

For information on how to identify & contact your local MA legislators, please visit: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

From there, you will be able to find the email address and telephone number to either send a written letter or speak directly with the legislators that serve your area to voice your support for these two bills. Be sure to mention that you are contacting their office as part of MBCC’s 2021 campaign as well!

Join MBCC in our efforts to protect future generations!

Thank you for the continuous support of our current supporters and volunteers! We appreciate everything that has been done in the effort to shape a healthy tomorrow.