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 CPSC Proposes Phthalate Restriction for Childrens Products
 December 4, 2014
 CPSC Proposes Phthalate Restriction for Childrens Products  

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has drafted a proposed rule that would prohibit children’s toys and childcare articles sold in the United States from containing certain phthalates according to a report released by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). The CPSC will hold a briefing on December 5 and vote on the proposal on Dec. 17. Read full Story...

 Industry Coalition Calls for More Significant Changes to OEHHA’s Warning Regulation Discussion Draft
 December 2, 2014
 Industry Coalition Calls for More Significant Changes to OEHHA’s Warning Regulation Discussion Draft   The California Chamber of Commerce has provided comments on behalf of a coalition of approximately 140 businesses in response to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) recent informal discussion draft.  The Chamber had offered a lengthy to the previous draft, causing OEHHA to make several major changes to the proposal before circulating the document to stakeholders in late September.Read full Story...

 OEHHA Intends to List Drug Used to Treat MS as a Prop 65 Carcinogen
 November 26, 2014
 OEHHA Intends to List Drug Used to Treat MS as a Prop 65 Carcinogen   Mitoxantrone hydrochloride has been identified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require specific labeling communicating the risk of cancer.  FDA developed labeling language for mitoxantrone hydrochloride in 2012.Read full Story...

 CIC Lists Compounds From Two Chemical Families
 November 20, 2014
 CIC Lists Compounds From Two Chemical Families   The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) yesterday listed the two groups of chemical compounds the panel considered in its meeting at CalEPA Headquarters.Read full Story...

 Retailer Petitions for Reconsideration of 1990 Prop 65 Chemical Listing
 November 11, 2014
 Retailer Petitions for Reconsideration of 1990 Prop 65 Chemical Listing  

A major discount retail chain has petitioned California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to reconsider its 1990 listing of a chemical by Proposition 65’s authoritative bodies listing mechanism.

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 AHPA Warning Proposal Gains Interest of Regulators
 November 11, 2014
 AHPA Warning Proposal Gains Interest of Regulators   A proposal for more friendly and informative Proposition 65 Warnings that is being circulated by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has garnered the interest of state regulators.Read full Story...

 Texas Congressman Questions Methodology of CPSC’s CHAP Report
 November 10, 2014
 Texas Congressman Questions Methodology of CPSC’s CHAP Report   Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) is questioning the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Elliot Kaye about the process used in the agency’s decision to permanently ban the use of di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in children’s toys and products.Read full Story...

 Federal Court Denies Dismissal of Tainted Licorice Case
 November 10, 2014
 Federal Court Denies Dismissal of Tainted Licorice Case   A California federal court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a $2 million lawsuit over a shipment of molasses allegedly tainted with lead, ruling the licorice maker had shown sufficient evidence that the supplier's 45-day notice provision in its sales contract was unreasonable.Read full Story...

 DINP Causes Male Genital Abnormalities, Study Reports
 November 5, 2014
 DINP Causes Male Genital Abnormalities, Study Reports   Male fetuses exposed to high levels of a chemical from the phthalate family commonly used in consumer products may be born with slightly altered genital development, according to a study published online last week.Read full Story...

 Gov. Brown Appoints Barbara Lee as New DTSC Director
 November 4, 2014
 Gov. Brown Appoints Barbara Lee as New DTSC Director   Gov. Edmund G. Brown has appointed Barbara Lee as Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Lee served as air pollution control officer for the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District since 1996, where she was supervising air quality engineer from 1994 to 1996.Read full Story...

 Prop 65 Warning Labels Recommended by Toy Industry Association
 October 30, 2014
 Prop 65 Warning Labels Recommended by Toy Industry Association    The Toy Industry Association is recommending that its members include warning labels on products containing diisononyl phthalate (DINP).  The trade group notes that no “safe harbor” level for DINP has been established by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) since the chemical was listed.  Read full Story...

 Prop 65 Warning Regulation Proposal to be Significantly Changed, Toxics Chief Announces
 October 24, 2014
 Prop 65 Warning Regulation Proposal to be Significantly Changed, Toxics Chief Announces   The director of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently announced that the agency plans to soon release a new draft of its proposed regulation to that will make significant changes to its initial pre-regulatory proposal introduced in March. Read full Story...

 Coffee on Trial -- Starbucks Trial Underway in Los Angeles
 October 23, 2014
 Coffee on Trial -- Starbucks Trial Underway in Los Angeles   Coffee roasters Starbucks Corp., Seattle Coffee Co., 7-11, Inc. and dozens of others roasters and retailers are denying allegations that coffee poses a cancer risk to coffee drinkers in a Proposition 65 bench trial underway in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Read full Story...

 Surprise! Some Condom Brands May Soon Carry Prop 65 Warnings
 October 22, 2014
 Surprise!  Some Condom Brands May Soon Carry Prop 65 Warnings   Proposition 65 warnings may soon be carried on an unlikely personal care product according to recent pre-suit notice filed by the Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) on October 6. Read full Story...

 5th Safer Consumer Products Summit Comes to San Francisco Oct. 22-24
 October 16, 2014
 5th Safer Consumer Products Summit Comes to San Francisco Oct. 22-24   The fifth Safer Consumer Products Summit will convene in San Francisco on October 22-24 to discuss green chemistry, innovation and sustainability initiatives among academia, brand owners, chemical manufacturers, OEMs and retailers, and will provide lessons learned from market pioneers on getting ahead of the regulatory curve via product and brand innovation.Read full Story...

 Will the Third Time Be the Charm for OEHHA’s Proposed Labor Code Regulation?
 October 15, 2014
 Will the Third Time Be the Charm for OEHHA’s Proposed Labor Code Regulation?   California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released its third version of a proposed regulation for chemical listings made using the Labor Code listing mechanism. Read full Story...

 Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals
 October 14, 2014
 Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning  Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals   With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, businesses should not lose sight of what the Proposition 65 “bounty hunter” plaintiffs’ lawyers are eagerly awaiting. And that’s the opportunity to send out 60-Day Notice letters to companies that fail to provide Proposition 65 warnings for products containing diisononyl phthalate (DINP) that are manufactured, sold, and distributed in California. Read full Story...

 CEH Files Notices on Chemical Skin Peel Products
 October 14, 2014
 CEH Files Notices on Chemical Skin Peel Products    The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has initiated a Proposition 65 legal action against Walgreens and four other companies for sales of skin peel products that contain the Proposition 65 carcinogen trichloroacetic acid (TCA)(CAS No. 76-03-9). Read full Story...

 NTP Releases the 13th RoC
 October 7, 2014
 NTP Releases the 13th RoC   Four chemicals have been added in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 13th Report on Carcinogens, a biennial report that identifies chemical, biological, and physical agents that are cancer hazards for people in the United States. The updated report includes 243 listings. Read full Story...

 TSCA Reform Efforts Fail Once Again
 September 29, 2014
 TSCA Reform Efforts Fail Once Again   The prospect of reforming the 1970s-era Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) before the end of the 113th Congress have vanished, according to Senate staffers involved in the negotiations. Read full Story...

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