California Issues Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulations

On July 27, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued its long awaited proposed Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Under the proposed regulations, chemicals of concern will be identified on the basis of their toxicity, adverse impact to certain sensitive populations, potential exposures, reliable information, and availability of safer alternatives.  DTSC will evaluate products … Read more

Jewelry Found with Excess Lead

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) brought enforcement action against 16 Los Angeles businesses for selling jewelry that does not comply with California lead in jewelry law.  In some cases, the jewelry was advertised as “lead free”.

FDA Bans BPA in Certain Children’s Products

The Food and Drug Administration recently banned bis-phenol A (“BPA”) in  sippy cups and baby bottles in response to an industry petition.  Although FDA has previously concluded that BPA is safe in food packaging materials, industry sought the ban to further assure consumers that baby products are safe.  BPA has been used for more than … Read more

Greaseproofing Chemicals for Food Containers to Be Discontinued

On July 2, 2011, the FDA announced a voluntary agreement with manufacturers to stop distributing products containing one type of perfluorinated chemicals, known as C8 compounds, used for greaseproofing food containers as of October 1, 2011.  Existing supplies of these greaseproofing agents already in the marketplace and paper products with these greaseproofing agents can be … Read more

CPSC Method on Lead Testing in Metals

CPSC staff have issued a revision to the  method for testing lead in homogeneous metals.  The preferred methods remain chemical digestion and analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES).  Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FLAA) and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (GFAA) are also acceptable under appropriate conditions.  Significantly, … Read more

DTSC Draft Green Chemistry Rules

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is expected to issue its revised draft green chmeistry regulations soon.  The agency recently issued its latest version to stakeholders and it is expected to release them publically in the near future.  These regulations will address specific chemicals in consumer products.

Oregon to Develop Policy on Green Chemistry

The Governor of Oregon signed an executive order on May 4 that essentially requires state agencies to develop purchasing guidelines for products that  favor  less toxic, greener alternatives. The order also requires agencies to increase awareness and develop programs to nurture green chemistry industries in Oregon.

CPSC Announces Teleconference on Phthalates

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a teleconference on April 10 of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to discuss phthalates and phthalate substitutes.  The CHAP must make recommendations to the Commission regarding any phthalates (or combinations of phthalates by October 2012.  The CHAP is to examine the potential health impacts of phthalates, including endocrine-disrupting effects as … Read more