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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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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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Bucky Balls Ban Reversed by Appeals Court

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) overstepped its legal jurisdiction in 2014 when it essentially banned a class of small round toy magnets from the market, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 2014 CPSC ruling was appealed by the manufacturer of the toy magnets, Zen Magnets, which challenged the safety standard imposed by …

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Study Finds “High levels” of Lead in Fidget Spinners from Amazon, Wal-Mart

A study by FOX6 News, a television station in Milwaukee, showed lead content at alarming levels on four units of fidget spinners purchased online from Amazon and Wal-Mart. The lead on a part in the fidget spinner bought from Wal-Mart.com was tested to be over 400 times the allowable limit. Test Results Fox 6 News …

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CPSC Votes to Eliminate Third-Party Testing Requirements from Seven Plastic Compounds

:          polypropylene;         polyethylene;         high impact polystyrene; and         acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). The rule is set to take effect on September 29. In August 2016, the agency proposed the elimination of testing requirements under the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement …

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NRDC Calls for CPSC to Finalize CHAP Report

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to finalize its long-pending proposed regulation to prohibit five additional phthalates in children’s toys. In a letter to CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye, the NGO called on the agency to issue a final rule before the year’s end. The commission issued a proposed rule in late …

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