Phthalate Testing

Phthalates are found in a wide variety of products, including polyvinyl chloride (which in turn in used in a wide range of products), coatings, and perfumes.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently held a symposium on phthalate testing for children’s products.  Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, the manufacturer or private labeler must furnish … Read more

Proposition 65 Notices – 2012 starting strong

As of February 15, there have been 73 notices of intent to sue that have been listed on the California Attorney General’s website.  Of these, 37 have been filed on lead, 39 on phthalates, and 2 on cadmium.  The products include honey, tools, costumes, and various clothing accessories.

California Green Chemistry – Broad Program or Bit by Bit?

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is supporting AB 1319,  a bill that would ban bisphenol-A (“BPA”) in certain children’s products after July 31, 2013.  BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.  It is reported to be an endocrine disrupter, and the National Institutes of Health has expressed concern for exposures to … Read more

Congress Amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

On August 1, 2011, both the House and the Senate by overwhelming margins passed H. R. 2715 which amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA).  If enacted into law, the bill would amend the CPSIA as follows: The 100 ppm lead limit that takes effect on August 14, 2011 for products intended … Read more

Two Chemicals Added to Proposition 65 List

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added alpha-methyl styrene and sulfur dioxide as reproductive toxicants to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.  Both chemicals are listed as reproductive toxicants and the listing became effective on July 29, 2011.  Businesses with 10 or more employees … Read more

June Was An Active Month for Proposition 65 Notices

During June 2011, 81 notices were issued by various private citizens.  Of these, 49 notices were for consumer products containing di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP) and 30 notices were for products containing lead or lead and lead compounds.   The noticed products containing DEHP include children’s books and furniture, bath mats, footwear, pencil pouches, key holders, cosmetic bags, and tools.  … Read more

CPSC Staff Finds 100 ppm Limit for Lead in Children’s Products Feasible

 The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) set a limit of 100 ppm lead in children’s products as of  August 14, 2011 unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) determines that the limit if technically infeasible.  The CPSIA regulates lead limits in products intended for children 12 and younger, and CPSC has recently issued interpretive guidance … Read more