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Product Warnings on Chemical Compounds to Begin in California (1)

Nov. 9, 2018, 2:10 PMUpdated: Nov. 9, 2018, 2:46 PM

Businesses that sell or use products in California that contain traces of two types of perfluorinated compounds will have to post warnings starting Nov. 10 saying exposure could cause reproductive harm or birth defects.

It’s unclear how many products would be affected, but perfluorooctanoic pcid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have been used in firefighting foam, food packaging, nonstick cookware, stain-resistant items, and other products.

“It’s going to be really difficult for companies,” Nate Johnson, an environmental attorney at Alston & Bird LLP in Los Angeles, told Bloomberg Environment. “So many different products have this in their...

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