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    (a)    In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Distributor” means any person that:

        (1)    Sells a packaged product to a retailer; or

        (2)    Receives a shipment or consignment of, or in any other manner acquires, packaged products for distribution to a retailer for:

            (i)    Sale to a consumer; or

            (ii)    Promotional purposes.

    (c)    “Food package” means a package that is designed and intended for direct food contact and is composed, in substantial part, of paper, paperboard, or other materials originally derived from plant fibers, including:

        (1)    A food or beverage product that is contained in a food package or to which a food package is applied;

        (2)    A packaging component of a food package; and

        (3)    Plastic disposable gloves used in commercial or institutional food service.

    (d)    “Intentionally added” means the act of deliberately using a chemical in the formation of a package or packaging component when the chemical’s continued presence is desired in the final package or packaging component to provide a specific characteristic.

    (e)    (1)    “Manufacturer” means any person that manufactures a package or packaging component.

        (2)    “Manufacturer” includes any person that sells a package or packaging component to a distributor.

    (f)    (1)    “Package” means a container used to market, protect, or handle a product.

        (2)    “Package” includes:

            (i)    A unit package, an intermediate package, and a shipping container as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials; and

            (ii)    An unsealed receptacle such as a carrying case, crate, cup, pail, rigid foil or other tray, wrap, wrapping film, bag, and tub.

    (g)    (1)    “Packaging component” means any individual assembled part of a package.

        (2)    “Packaging component” includes any interior or exterior blocking, bracing, cushioning, weatherproofing, coating, closure, label, ink, dye, pigment, adhesive, or any other additive.

        (3)    “Packaging component” does not include any package or packaging component that contains cadmium and is intended for reuse more than 5 times.

    (h)    “PFAS chemicals” means, when used in fire–fighting agents, fire–fighting equipment, food packaging, and rugs and carpets, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals that contain at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom, including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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