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Washington State Enacts Bill to Reduce Lead in Cookware

In a recent regulatory development, the state of Washington has passed Second Substitute House Bill (HB) 1551, aimed at reducing lead content in cookware. The bill, signed into law on March 28, 2024, introduces new measures to protect consumer health and safety by restricting the manufacture, distribution, and sale of cookware containing lead above 5 parts per million (ppm). This update carries important implications for manufacturers and distributors of cookware in the North American market.

Key points to note:




Effective date


Cookware¹ and cookware components²

≤ 5 ppm


¹Cookware means any metal bakeware, pans, pots, rice cookers, pressure cookers and other containers and devices intended for the preparation or storage of food

²Component includes separate and distinct parts of the cookware, including, but not limited to, accessories such as fasteners, handles and handle assemblies, knobs, lids, rivets, valves and vent pipes

Manufacturers and distributors of cookware and cookware components operating in the North American market should take proactive steps to ensure compliance with the new lead restriction. Adhering to this requirement is crucial to maintain consumer trust and avoid potential penalties.

A recommended approach is to partner with a trusted third-party provider, such as QIMA, to conduct comprehensive food contact material testing. QIMA offers specialized laboratory testing services, including heavy metal analysis, to help businesses ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

For the latest updates on product safety standards and regulations, visit Regulatory Updates. We provide regular updates to help you stay informed and ensure compliance with the latest requirements.

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