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Consumer Groups Call for Elimination of Phthalates in...

Consumer Groups Call for Elimination of Phthalates in...

Consumer Groups Call for Elimination of Phthalates in Processed Cheese

Wednesday, August 09, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (110)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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USDA Abandons Plan to Test for Glyphosate Residue in Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly abandoned its' plan to start testing food for glyphosate residue. The chemical is the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides--the world's most widely used weed killer. 
Friday, April 07, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (131)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Study Finds Perflourinated substances in Fast Food Wrappers

Study Finds Perflourinated substances in Fast Food Wrappers

Chemicals were Present in about Half of the Study Samples

Health.com reports that the Silent Spring Institute, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and the Green Science Policy Institute have joined researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze more than 400 wrappers and containers from 27 fast-food chains throughout the country. About half the wrappers tested contained flourine, a marker for fluoridated compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).
Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (1396)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Health Advocates Petition FDA to Ban Lead in Hair Dyes

Health Advocates Petition FDA to Ban Lead in Hair Dyes

Coalition of groups call for FDA to Revoke its Approval...

A coalition of public health advocates announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider revoking its approval of lead acetate in hair dyes—a move that relates to an early Proposition 65 enforcement action brought against the makers of Grecian Formula. 
Monday, March 06, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (641)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Lead in Cosmetics

Agency Guidance also Applies to Personal Care Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance establishing a limit for lead levels in cosmetics of 10 parts per million (ppm) of lead.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (632)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Aloe Vera Awarded $561,000 in Trial Costs

Aloe Vera Awarded $561,000 in Trial Costs

Dietary supplement manufacturer Aloe Vera, Inc. has been awarded $561,155 by a San Francisco Superior Court Judge following its defense verdict in a Proposition 65 enforcement action. The case was brought in 2011 by the Environmental Research Center (ERC), a San Diego-based citizen enforcement group.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (2182)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Dietary Supplement Manufacturer Prevails in Prop. 65 Trial

Sometimes a simple and straightforward defense works best in litigation.  However, simplicity has been an underutilized tactic in the few Proposition 65 bench trials tried in recent years.  
Dietary supplement maker Aloe Vera of America Inc. opted to use two legal theories in its defense in a recent Prop. 65 trial held in San Francisco Superior Court.  The supplement maker based its main defense on the Proposition 65 Safe Harbor level for lead, and asserted a secondary affirmative defense that Proposition 65 is preempted by federal law.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (3337)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
PepsiCo Settles Soda Class Action

PepsiCo Settles Soda Class Action

Soft Drink Giant Agrees to Lower Levels of 4-MEI in...

A federal judge has tentatively approved a class-action settlement that calls for PepsiCo to monitor levels of a carcinogen detected in its soft drinks with caramel coloring.
Thursday, July 07, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (615)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Study Finds Glyphosate Residue in Several Common...

Study Finds Glyphosate Residue in Several Common...

A recent study conducted by a non-profit advocacy group has revealed the presence of glyphosate in a surprisingly wide variety of breakfast foods.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (2073)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
LA Judge Dismisses Class Action Alleging Arsenic in Wine

LA Judge Dismisses Class Action Alleging Arsenic in Wine

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging budget wines produced by more than two dozen California wineries contain toxic levels of arsenic.
Thursday, March 24, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (148)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
AG and DA Task Force Settle Ginger Snap Cookie Litigation

AG and DA Task Force Settle Ginger Snap Cookie Litigation

Snack food giant Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods has agreed to settle a Proposition 65 enforcement action brought by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and a task force of eleven California District Attorneys and the non-profit citizen enforcement group Center for Environmental Health.
Thursday, January 28, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (6861)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Listing of Seizure and Weight Loss Drug Topiramate Takes...

Listing of Seizure and Weight Loss Drug Topiramate Takes...

California’s Office of Environmental Health  Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added Topiramate (CAS No. 97240-79-4) to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity (developmental endpoint) for purposes of Proposition 65. 
Monday, November 30, 2015/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (2608)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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You Better Not Take Away My Bacon!

You Better Not Take Away My Bacon!

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) announcement that processed meat products increase the risk of some types of cancer in humans, although expected, has delivered  a poison arrow into the heart of the American diet.
Thursday, October 29, 2015/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (3136)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Starbuck’s to Appeal Phase One Verdict in Prop 65 Coffee...

Starbuck’s to Appeal Phase One Verdict in Prop 65 Coffee...

Starbucks Corp has been granted a stay to appeal a ruling in a bench trial in Los Angeles that will determine whether its coffee products pose a cancer risk and should carry a Proposition 65 warning.  The company is hoping to reverse a ruling in the first phase of the trial that rejected the coffee defendants’ affirmative defense that the chemicals present in its coffee are not at a level that would pose a significant risk of cancer.
Friday, October 09, 2015/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (442)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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