U.S. Minnesota Restricts the Organhalogen in Furniture and Children’s Products

On May 22, 2019, the Minnesota USA state legislature released a bill for an act HF 359 to expand the state’s existing flame-retardant restrictions and impose limits on the use of firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

This bill prohibits the manufacture or sales of residential upholstered furniture and children’s products which containing any organhalogen flame retardant above 1000 parts per million (ppm) in any product component. It includes any chemical that contains one or more carbon elements and one or more halogen elements, such as fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or iodine.

The manufacture and import those products shall be banned beginning July 1, 2021, and retail sales shall be prohibited beginning July 1, 2022.

Following are several exemptions in the bill:

  • Electronic components of covered products;
  • Products or textiles for which there is a federal flammability standard;
  • Thread or fiber used to stitch mattress components together;
  • Components of adult mattresses other than foam.

Beginning July 1, 2020, no person, political entity or state agency shall discharge class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals.