961 Proposition 65 Notices Were Issued in 2012

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

Comments on Draft Safer Consumer Products Regulations

The Calfironia Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) held a hearing on September 10, 2012 for public comments to the Agency’s draft Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Many of the comments expressed concern that the regulations were overbroad, provided too little time to respond, gave DTSC too much discretion, and did not afford protection of trade secrets.

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

CPSC Database Lists Recalls and Consumer Complaints

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

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

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

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.

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

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.