Johnson & Johnson Phases Out Chemicals of Concern

Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it would phase out formaldehyde, phthalates, and triclosan from its personal care products for adults.  Johnson & Johnson markets brands Neutrogena, Aveeno and Clean & Clear for adults.  It previously announced a policy of removing chemicals of concern from baby products.  Johnson & Johnson has a developed policies for the levels … Read more

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

OSHA Revises the Hazard Communication Standard

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) revised its Hazard Communication Standard (“Standard”) to conform with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  The Standard also replaces the term “Material Safety Data Sheet” with “Safety Data Sheet”.  The Standard became effective on May 25, 2012 in those states … Read more

OSHA Issues Updated Hazard Communication Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its Hazard Communication Standard which requires manufacturers and distributors to provide information on hazardous materials used in the worpkplace, and employers to provide information to their employees on potential hazards associated with hazards materials in the workplace.  29 CFR 1910.1200.  The update was undertaken to be … Read more

Common Flame Retardant Found in Foods

A study by Arnold Schecter, M.D., M.P.H., professor of environmental health at The University of Texas School of Public Health, has found that hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in foods purchased at a supermarket.  HBCD is a common flame retardant used in home insulation materials and electrical equipment.  The study found that canned sardines, fresh salmon and peanut … 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.