5 Sep 2023
The U.S. state of Minnesota has recently approved specific regulations concerning the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and heavy metals in several consumer products. This decision marks a proactive effort to mitigate the potential risks associated with these harmful substances. It indicates the state’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of its residents.
Heavy metals and PFAS are toxic chemicals that can cause a number of adverse health effects, including developmental problems, reproductive problems, and certain types of cancer. The widespread use of these substances in everyday items such as cookware, food packaging, and textiles has attracted increasing attention. Considering the potential harm caused by these substances, Minnesota has taken a strong stance to regulate their presence in consumer products.
Minnesota aims to protect its citizens from potential health hazards by restricting these substances in consumer products. As a result of the new regulations, there are strict limits on the concentration of PFAS compounds and heavy metals in consumer products. There is also a reasonable transition period provided to allow manufacturers and suppliers to adjust their production processes and sourcing strategies to comply with the new standards.
To ensure compliance with the PFAS and heavy metals limits, manufacturers will be required to conduct thorough testing. Furthermore, labeling requirements will be implemented to ensure that consumers are informed about the presence of these substances in the products they purchase.
The restrictions on PFAS will be implemented in phases, and will take effect on January 1, 2025, for products such as carpets, rugs, cleaning products, cookware, cosmetics, etc. In addition, from January 1, 2026, if a product contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals, the manufacturer must submit a notice to the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency with the required information. Products containing PFAS chemicals will be prohibited in all products beginning on January 1, 2032.
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1. What is the threshold limit for lead and cadmium in consumer products under the new heavy metal regulation?
The threshold limit for lead and cadmium in consumer products under the new heavy metal regulation is Lead ≤ 90 ppm, Cadmium ≤ 75 ppm.