The International Housewares Association (IHA) and the Cookware & Bakeware Alliance (CBA) are co-sponsoring the third installment of an online roundtable series to bring the latest news on PFAS chemical legislation across the U.S. and the E.U. and its impact on the housewares business. The webinar is scheduled for July 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT.
Since the first joint PFAS roundtable by IHA and CBA a year ago, several laws have been enacted, conversations in Europe are in progress, and plaintiffs’ lawyers have started targeting marketing claims in certain industries.
PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are used to make thousands of products. Legislators are considering everything from mandatory material-usage disclosure to bans on the sale of impacted products. An issue once thought to affect mainly certain non-stick coated cookware and bakeware, now impacts a wide range of housewares products – and for some legislation, it is not only about PFAS. In addition, as a result of new litigation, housewares manufacturers need to think about not just what is in their products, but also what they are saying about their products in marketing materials.
IHA and CBA are partnering to inform the housewares industry about PFAS legislation and best practices related to the issue. A panel of experts on the PFAS issue will share key information, insights and updates to help manufacturers, marketers and retailers prepare for pending PFAS regulations and their impact on the domestic and international housewares industry.
The panel (pictured above l-r) includes Fran Groesbeck, managing director, Cookware & Bakeware Alliance; Tobias Gerfin, CEO of Swiss kitchenware company Kuhn Rikon AG and president of the European Association for Cookware, Cutlery and Flatware (FEC). Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomePage News, will moderate the roundtable discussion; and Thomas Lee, a partner in the Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Practice Group of Bryan, Cave Leighton and Paisner and leader of the law firm’s PFAS Team.
Register to attend the PFAS webinar which is free to IHA, CBA and FEC members.