BPA added & swiftly removed from CA Proposition 65 List...
All within a week’s time
On Thursday, April 11, 2013 the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) officially added Bisphenol A (BPA) to the California Proposition 65 List as a reproductive toxicant. However, shortly after this (approximately a week), BPA was removed from the list. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has a current lawsuit against OEHHA. ACC is disputing the claim that BPA is carcinogenic or a reproductive toxicant. Until the suit is settled BPA will remain off the CA Proposition 65 list. BPA is used in a wide variety of products; therefore, if it is added to the list a number of manufacturers will be impacted by this decision. Manufacturers/Importers will have 1 year from the date BPA is added to list to either meet the established limit or place a warning label on products containing BPA above the established limit.
Maryland Bill Passed
Flame Retardant Chemical Tris (2-Chloroethyl) Phosphate (TCEP) Banned
The state of Maryland passed HB 99 on Thursday April 9, 2013. This bill bans the use of TCEP in child care articles intended for children under the age of 3. Research studies have concluded that TCEP is carcinogenic and it has been deemed as a reproductive toxicant. TCEP is mostly found in foam products, and is typically used in an effort to ensure products meet stringent flammability tests, such as California Technical Bulletin 117 (which is in the process of being revised).
Minnesota Bill Passed
BPA and Formaldehyde Banned
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed bill HF 459 on Friday, April 26, 2013. The bill limits BPA in certain children’s products. Specifically, the ban applies to containers which have direct contact with children’s food.
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed bill HF 458, which the house also passed, bans formaldehyde in children’s personal care products for children younger than 8. Personal care products are deemed as items such as shampoos, bubble bath, lotion, gels, etc. Recent studies are linking formaldehyde exposure to cancer. This carcinogenic chemical is used in a variety of items (from MDF board to fabrics) for various reasons. However, its use in personal care items is to act as a preservative. The ban on formaldehyde is effective on August 1, 2015, which allows time for companies to prepare.
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