2012 was a busy year for Proposition 65 notices with a total of 961 notices. Phthalates led the list with 511 notices. Phthalates are commonly used in polyvinyl chloride as a softener and the notices involve a variety of consumer product types. Lead was a close second with 403 notices in products ranging from food
As required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) set up a public database on March 11, 2011 that lists consumer complaints as well as recall notices. The database is searchable by company and product. To date, there are 362 listings concerning lead, 7 listings concerning cadmium, and 6
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has accepted the revised ASTM F963-11 Standard entitled Standard ConsumerSafety Specifications for Toy Safety. It will become a mandatory consumer product safety standard effective June 12, 2012.
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.
Key Proposition 65 Chemicals. There are over 850 chemicals on the list and testing products for each would be cost prohibitive. However, there are some key chemicals to be concerned with and have been the primary chemicals alleged in Proposition 65 enforcement actions. Lead and Cadmium. Two of them are lead and cadmium because they