3 top packaging issues emerge in 2018: Page 2 of 5

Lisa McTigue Pierce in Food Packaging on February 06, 2018

4. Proposition 65 and food packaging: A preview of coming changes

Anyone selling product in California must abide by the Prop 65 labeling law, to inform consumers when the product contains chemicals known to the state that cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.

Forthcoming changes to the regulation, which will strongly impact food packaging, include a revision to the warning language. Brands will need to identify at least one carcinogen and at least one reproductive toxicant in the product on the label. They will also need to include a website address where consumers can get additional information from the lead agency.

Obviously, labels with this type of warning could give consumers pause before buying the product. But not complying could be costly, too. “Out of 333 judgments in 2017, total penalties amounted to more than $167 million,” says Mitzi Ng Clark, partner, Keller and Heckman LLP.

She’ll provide more details about this regulatory update during a presentation at WestPack 2018 (Feb. 6-8; Anaheim, CA) on Thurs., Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in Booth 5297. The presentation is free for WestPack attendees.


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