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FDA Bans Lead Acetate In Hair Dyes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its Final Rule that bans the use of lead acetate as a hair dye ingredient. The chemical is an active ingredient that causes gray hair to darken gradually.  In 1980 lead acetate was listed by the FDA as a safe ingredient in adult hair coloring products. However, [...]

OEHHA Takes Steps to Finalize Proposed Coffee Regulation

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has taken a potentially final step toward exempting coffee from Proposition 65 warnings. The agency had proposed in June 2018 that it intended to create a specific exemption for exposures to acrylamide and other Proposition 65-listed chemicals that are in present in coffee as a result of [...]

Combe Strikes Back

The US FDA has put on hold its final rule that would ban the use of lead acetate as a coloring additive in hair dyes, following objections from the manufacturer of Grecian formula, Combe, International. The proposed ban of lead acetate, which followed the agency’s consideration of an April 2017 petition filed by the Environmental [...]

California Names Nail Products Containing Toluene as a Priority Product

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has proposed listing nail products containing toluene as its latest priority product under its Safer Consumer Products program. If adopted, the designation will prompt manufacturers either to phase out the substance’s use in that application or to undertake an alternatives analysis if they want to continue serving the California market. Toluene [...]

DOD Proposal on Trichloroethylene Exposure Levels to be reviewed by the National Academies of Science

DOD Proposal on Trichloroethylene Exposure Levels to be reviewed by the National Academies of Science. A proposed approach put forward by the US Department of Defense for developing an occupational exposure level for trichloroethylene (TCE) will come under the scrutiny of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The federal scientific body (NAS) has appointed a [...]

OEHHA Adopts ‘No Significant Risk Level’ (NSRL) for Bromodichloroacetic Acid

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced the “Amendment to Section 25705 No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for Bromodichloroacetic Acid (BDCAA).”  The change confirms that the NSRL for bromodichloroacetic acid is 0.95 micrograms per day. Bromodichloroacetic acid is a water-disinfectant byproduct. It was listed as a carcinogen under Prop 65 on  July 29, [...]

ACC Appeals California Spray Foam Priority Product Designation

ACC appeals California spray foam priority product designation Methylene chloride paint strippers added to SCP program The American Chemistry Council has filed an appeal to reverse a determination made by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to designate spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems as a priority product under the Safer Consumer Products program. [...]

ACC Appeals California Spray Foam Priority Product Designation

ACC appeals California spray foam priority product designation Methylene chloride paint strippers added to SCP program The American Chemistry Council has filed an appeal to reverse a determination made by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to designate spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems as a priority product under the Safer Consumer Products program. [...]

In an about Face, Retailer Claire’s Decides to Recall Asbestos Containing Cosmetic Products

Retailer Claire’s is recalling three makeup products after federal regulators warned the products might contain asbestos. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said product samples tested positive for asbestos but that Claire’s refused to recall any products that might still be in homes. The retailer at the time disputed the test results but [...]

New York Governor Andrew Coumo Introduces the Consumer Right to Know Act

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced as part of his Executive Budget a proposal that would protect New Yorkers from unknown exposure to toxic chemicals. The “Consumer Right to Know Act” would authorize the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of State, to develop regulations [...]

New York Governor Andrew Coumo Introduces the Consumer Right to Know Act

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced as part of his Executive Budget a proposal that would protect New Yorkers from unknown exposure to toxic chemicals. The “Consumer Right to Know Act” would authorize the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of State, to develop regulations [...]

Recent Notices of Violation January /February 2019

Proposition 65 enforcers have kicked off the new year with a bang. Citizen enforcers (AKA bounty hunters) have issued 264 new notices of violation in January 2019, and they have only just begun to rack up settlements related to notices of violation.    It is evident that recent trends in citizen enforcement continue to target [...]

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