Landmark California law bans ‘forever chemicals’ in products for infants, children

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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Tuesday, Oct. 5, to protect infants and children from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS by banning the compounds in cribs, playpens and many other products. The ban takes effect July 1, 2023. Written by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, the law bans the use of PFAS in a wide range of “juvenile” products, as defined in the law. “As a mother, it’s hard for me to think of a greater priority than the safety and well-being of my child,” Friedman said. “PFAS have been linked to serious health problems, including hormone disruption, kidney and liver damage, thyroid disease and immune system disruption. This new law ends the use of PFAS in products meant for our children.” PFAS are a class of thousa
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