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Controversy Abounds in Proposed Reproductive Toxicity Amendments

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently proposed amendments to clarify Proposition 65 reproductive toxicity sampling requirements for food products has already stirred up considerable controversy about how the amendments would impact various food products if adopted by the agency. Proposition 65 prohibits businesses from releasing chemicals “known to the State of California to cause [...]

Controversy Abounds in Proposed Reproductive Toxicity Amendments

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently proposed amendments to clarify Proposition 65 reproductive toxicity sampling requirements for food products has already stirred up considerable controversy about how the amendments would impact various food products if adopted by the agency. Proposition 65 prohibits businesses from releasing chemicals “known to the State of California to cause [...]

Carcinogen Identification Committee Lists Two New Carcinogens

 California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added gentian violet (CAS No.548-62-9)and (N-nitroso-hexamethyleneimine (CAS No. 932-83-2) to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as Proposition 65. At a public meeting held in Sacramento [...]

OEHHA Proposes to List Cancer Drug Under the Formally Required to be Labeled and Identified Mechanism of Proposition 65

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it intends to list bevacizumab as known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity (developmental and female endpoints) under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as Proposition 65.  OEHHA notes that this action is being [...]

OEHHA Considers the Future of Prop 65 Short-Form Warnings

There could be future changes to the use of ‘short-form’ warnings as a way to comply with Prop 65 requirements. According to the delegates at the 6th Annual Regulatory Summit USA, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) may be reviewing if ‘short-form’ warnings can satisfactorily meet Proposition 65 requirements. The delegates added that [...]

California Agency Proposes New Interim Restrictions on Use of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has issued proposed interim restrictions on the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The pesticide is implicated in a number of human illnesses including neurological harm to babies’ brains. The new restrictions are meant to increase protection from potential exposure to the pesticide while the DPR determines a formalregulatory [...]

CALIFORNIA SUPREME Court De-Publishes Recent Appellate Opinion

The California Supreme Court has declined to review a decision that federal law preempts state-mandated warnings about cancer risks associated with a chemical in cereals made by Post Foods LLC, General Mills Inc., and Kellogg USA Inc. The High Court on Oct. 31 ordered the lower court’s opinion to be de-published. The de-publication of the Appellate Opinion now [...]

Walgreens Implements Worldwide Chemicals Policy

The global pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance, which has over 18,500 stores, has finally implemented its long-awaited chemicals policy that the company announced in 2014. Walgreens’s chemicals policy took effect on November 8. The new policy includes a restricted substances list (RSL). The RSL includes toluene, triclosan, plastic microbeads, xylene and chemical groups such as [...]

OEHHA Adds Two chemicals to Prop 65 list, Proposes to Add PCBTF

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in has added N-nitrosohexamethyleneimine and gentian violet to its list of carcinogens under Proposition 65 and issued its notice of intent to also add para-chlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF), a solvent to the Proposition 65 list of carcinogens. Companies using any of approximately 900 substances listed under Prop 65 are [...]

Skin-Lightening Creams Sold by Amazon.com Contain Dangerous Mercury Levels, NGO Claims

As You Sow, a non-profit foundation has issued a notice of violation to sue Amazon.com for failing to comply with the Proposition 65 requirements that would require the company to warn  consumers about certain skin-lightening creams that  that the non-profit contends contain mercury at dangerously high levels. Proposition 65 is the California’s Safe Drinking Water [...]

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 [...]

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