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DTSC Schedules Another Public Meeting on Food Packaging

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has scheduled a public meeting for November 19, 2019 to discuss the use of ortho-phthalates (OPs) and bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging. DTSC’s announcement explains that the agency “has questions on a range of food packaging-related topics and is hosting [the] public meeting on November 19, 2019 in order to help answer them.” According to the agency, “DTSC is concerned about the potential for dietary exposures to OPs and BPA from food packaging, and the potential adverse impacts these exposures may have on human health.” In addition, on November 19, 2019, a formal 30-day public comment period opens and DTSC “encourages stakeholders who have answers to any of DTSC’s questions, or who have any additional information that may help us evaluate food packaging products, to submit this information in writing by visiting DTSC’s CalSAFER web portal.”

DTSC is conducting the public meeting as part of its broader evaluation of food packaging concerns under the Safer Consumer Products program. Earlier this month DTSC conducted a webinar on food packaging. DTSC is seeking input regarding food packaging with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and their alternatives. The public comment period for that topic closes on January 14, 2020. Comments may be submitted through the CalSAFER portal.


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Ms. Grimaldi maintains a diverse environmental law practice focusing on chemical and product regulation and litigation defense. Her practice areas include Proposition 65, California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations, California's Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Act and the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. Ms. Grimaldi graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law magna cum laude and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bacteriology from University of California, Davis. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a research assistant in laboratories at the University of California, San Francisco Cancer Research Institute and at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.