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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. American Licorice filed the lawsuit against Total Sweeteners last year after …

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Wave of Proposition 65 Warning Signs and BPA Lawsuits Will Create Challenges, But May Finally Spur Reform

Proposition 65, California’s tough, one-of-a-kind, consumer awareness statute, has been a thorn in the side of countless businesses since its passage by voters in 1986, but the State’s listing of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) and related regulatory proposals may be the final straws for industry and consumer advocates alike. With an outcome that’s certain …

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OEHHA Adopts NSRL for Vinylidene Chloride

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on May 9 received approval from the state Office of Administrative Law to adopt an amendment to Title 27, California Code of Regulations, section 25705, No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for the chemical vinylidene chloride. The agency announced the adoption of the new NSRL on May 17. …

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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic Found in Some California Wines

    A class action lawsuit alleging that some inexpensive California wines contain dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 19. The lawsuit names Trader Joe’s and three other retailers which sell several of the wines that were tested for arsenic. The complaint also names 28 …

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NTP Releases Draft Report on Bisphenol A for Public Comment

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been the subject of global controversy in recent years, with some jurisdictions restricting its use in children’s products and baby bottles due to concerns about potential exposure risks. FDA’s longstanding position on BPA is that BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods. On February 23, 2018, the National Toxicology Program …

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San Francisco Sugary Beverage Ordinance Blocked by Appeals Court

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today issued a ruling that blocks the implementation of a San Francisco city ordinance that would have mandated health warnings on advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages on buses, billboards and buildings in the city. The ordinance was passed in 2015 in an effort to reduce the increasing …

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FDA Suspends Testing of Glyphosate Residues in Food

Government testing for residues of an herbicide that has been linked to cancer has been put on hold, slowing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first-ever endeavor to determine just how much of the controversial chemical is making its way into U.S. foods. The FDA, the nation’s chief food safety regulator, launched what it calls a “special …

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Industry Groups Call Listing of Nitrite in Combination with Amines or Amides “Unsupported by Science”

A coalition of seven industry groups have said that the proposed listing “nitrite in combination with amines or amides” as a carcinogen under Proposition 65 would be “unprecedented”, and unsupported by science. In comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the coalition contends that this substance grouping is not “a chemical”. Nor is …

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U.S. District Court Judge Dismisses E-Cigarette Action

A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has dismissed a case brought by a Proposition 65 citizen enforcer that alleged violations of Proposition 65 under the state’s Unfair Competition Law and a related consumer protection statute that would have barred the sale of e-Cigarettes based on violations of Proposition 65. U.S. District Court Judge …

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CIC to Consider Nitrites in Combination with Amines or Amides at Upcoming Meeting

  California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is preparing hazard identification materials for the members of the state’s Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) to aid in its consideration of nitrite in combination with amines or amides in advance of an upcoming meeting at CAL/EPA headquarters in Sacramento. The hazard identification documents will inform the …

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