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”.

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

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.

1,4-Dioxane: Proctor & Gamble Response

1,4-dioxane is a Proposition 65 carcinogen and has been reported to be in liquid Tide detergents.  Protor & Gamble recently issued a statement that 1,4-dioxane is not an intentionally added component but present as an impurity.  It stated further that the levels do not pose a significant risk to users.

DTSC to Issue Safer Consumer Products Regulations Soon

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) announced that it would issue its next draft of its Green Chemistry/Safer Consumer Products regulations by the end of April.  Separately, Debbie Raphael, DTSC Director, announced that the Legislature may still need to adopt bills on individual chemicals because the Department’s program will likely evolve over time and … Read more

CPSC Website for Report of Unsafe Products

In March 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) launched a new website which allows consumers and others to report on consumer products which are alleged to be unsafe.  The database is searchable by product type or company and list both recalls and reports of unsafe products.  Once a report of an unsafe product is … Read more

Initial Results of Biomonitoring Californians

The California Scientific Guidance Panel of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (“Program”) will host a meeting to discuss initial findings of its program to measure levels of environmental contaminants from.  To date, common chemicals in consumer products such as plasticizers, phthalates, perfluorochemicals, pesticides, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and banned flame retardants … Read more

California Proposing a New Fire Retardant Standard for Furniture

Assembly Member Mitchell has introduced AB 2197 which would require seating furniture to meet a smolder flammability test instead of the current open flame test as of September 1, 2013.  The bill states that most injuried and deaths in homes occur as a result of smolder ignition.  The bill also cites concerns for chemicals used to meet the … Read more