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

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

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

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,

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

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

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.