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Poly Bag Suffocation Warning Requirements
Last Updated: 08/04/2017
Suffocation Warning Label for Certain Plastic Bags

Several states and cities, including California, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia, Chicago and New York city, have laws requiring suffocation warning labels for plastic bags. Among them, Massachusetts law is generally the most comprehensive and restrictive and requires that any language, other than the warning specifically provided by the statute, have government approval.

Plastic bags with the thickness of less than one mil (1/1000in) have an opening size of 5 inches or more are required to carry suffocation warning label.

The following warning statement will meet requirements of all state and local laws and is required to be on applicable plastic bags.
"WARNING To avoid danger of suffocation, keep this plastic bag away from babies and children. Do not use this bag in cribs, beds, carriage, or playpens. This bag is not a toy. "

Required warning information shall be clear, distinct and conspicuous in color, layout and contrast. The warning shall be on the bag or on a label securely attached to the bag. The warning label shall be repeated every 18 inches on the plastic bag. The minimum size type varies based on the size of the plastic bag as indicated in the following table that satisfies all state and local requirements except for Gering, NE which requires ΒΌ inch type size.

Poly bags with a 5" opening or larger (measured when flat) are required to have a suffocation warning, either printed on the bag itself, or attached as a label."

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