Oregon has approved measures to prohibit polystyrene foam containers and PFAS in food containers. The new law will become operative on January 1, 2025
On May 8, 2023, the governor of Oregon signed SB 543 into law to regulate polystyrene (PS) foam containers for prepared food, PS foam containers, PS foam packaging peanuts and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in foodware containers.
According to the definitions in the new law, PFAS means a substance included in a class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.
Highlights of the new law are summarized in Table 1.
|PFAS||Foodware containers1||Prohibited if intentionally added||January 1, 2025|
|---||Single use polystyrene (PS) foam containers for prepared food2||Prohibits food vendors in using these containers for selling, offering for sale, serving or dispensing prepared food to consumers|
|---||PS foam containers3||Prohibits a person in selling, offering for sale or distributing these products|
|---||PS foam packaging peanuts|
1Includes bowls, clamshells, cups, lids, plates, other containers or items used for serving or containing prepared food, including takeout food and leftovers from partially consumed meals prepared by food vendors
2Coolers or foodware containers that are made of PS foam for serving, containing, preserving or consuming prepared food
3Exempts a) coolers and other containers that are made of PS, intended for repeated use and are enclosed by a solid shell, b) trays or containers used solely to store, ship or otherwise transport an ingredient or food that is not prepared food and c) PS plastic materials, other than PS foam packaging peanuts, that are used solely for packing or protecting other items during storage, shipping or other transportation
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