Consumer Product Safety

Trump Nominates New Head of EPA’s Chemical Safety Office

Trump Nominates Region 1 Chief to Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Office   The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Region 1- New England was nominated to lead the agency’s national Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Alexandra Dunn has been EPA’s administrator in New England for almost a year. She is a …

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California Legislature Passes Bill that Would Ban Most Flame Retardants in Children’s Products

. California’s legislature has passed a bill that would ban the use of most flame retardants in children’s products, mattresses, and upholstered furniture, over the objection of industry trade groups. The State Assembly voted 52-12 on August 29 to concur with Senate amendments to the measure (AB 2998). The vote sends the bill to Governor Brown’s desk, …

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European Scientists Create Hazardous Plastic Packaging Database

European scientists have reported in that a collaboration of academic scientists in Europe and the US and seven NGOs have worked together to identify the hazardous chemicals that are likely found in plastic packaging. The grant that funded the study was from MAVA Foundation, a charitable organization based in Switzerland.   The collaboration’s outcome is the Chemicals …

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Monsanto Rocked with $289 Million Jury Verdict in Roundup Case

Jurors in a high stakes San Francisco Superior Court case unanimously found that RoundUp herbicides manufactured and sold by the Corporation formerly known as Monsanto caused 46-year-old former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to contract a terminal form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Johnson testified that Monsanto should not have let him use the herbicide …

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OEHHA has proposed a Safe Harbor Level for Metham Sodium

OEHHA Establishes MADL for Metham Sodium

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced it has established a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for exposure to metham sodium of 290 micrograms per day by amending Section 25805(b) of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. OEHHA reviewed the studies that provide information on the developmental toxicity of …

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CPSC Drops the Lead Testing Requirement for Engineered Wood Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule determining that untreated and unfinished engineered wood products (particleboard, hardwood plywood and medium-density fiberboard) do not contain lead and, therefore, are not required to have third-party testing for compliance with the lead content requirements for children’s products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act …

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CPSC Ends Third Party Testing Requirement for Unfinished Engineered Wood Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a final rule on Friday determining that untreated and unfinished engineered wood products including (particleboard, hardwood plywood and medium-density fiberboard) do not contain lead and, therefore, are not required to have third-party testing for compliance with the lead content requirements for children’s products under the Consumer …

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California Senator Feinstein Introduces Bill to Ban Phthalates in Food Contact Materials

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a new bill in the U.S. Congress that would prevent the use of a family of chemicals known as phthalates in containers used for food contact applications. The bill is part of Senator Feinstein’s ongoing effort to remove phthalates from as many consumer products as possible. In 2007, Feinstein …

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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. The association recommends that companies with products containing …

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Alibaba Enters into Product Safety Pact with CPSC

    It has just become harder for American consumers to buy dangerous consumer products online. China’s Alibaba Group, the world’s largest e-commerce company with more than 300 million users, has agreed to block the sale of recalled products to consumers located in the United States. Alibaba’s agreement with the United States Consumer Product Safety …

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