CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

January 31, 2009 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Lead, Legislation, Toys 

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CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously 2-0 to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act CPSIA, which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits 600 ppm, phthalates limits for certain products 1000 ppm, and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

Peanut Recall Leads to Criminal Investigation - NYTimes.com

January 30, 2009 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Food, Legal, Legislation 

Peanut Recall Leads to Criminal Investigation - NYTimes.com
Federal health officials have begun a criminal investigation into the actions of the Peanut Corporation of America, which knowingly sold contaminated peanut butter and peanut products to major food makers.

California Is First State to Ban Trans Fats, Starts in 2010

July 25, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Legislation, News 

California Is First State to Ban Trans Fats - NYTimes.com
LOS ANGELES — California became the first state in the nation to place a ban on trans fats in restaurants and retail baked goods Friday when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill to phase out their use over the next few years. Under the new law, the artificial fats must be excised from restaurants beginning in 2010, and from all retail baked goods by 2011.

Brown introduces potentially historic food recall bill

July 17, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Legislation, News 

Brown introduces potentially historic food recall bill
United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced his introduction of the Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for (SAFER) Meat, Poultry, and Food Act that would give federal authorities new power to issue mandatory recalls of tainted food items. The announcement comes on the heels of recent E. coli outbreaks in Ohio and Michigan.

Understanding the Use of Lead in Consumer Products

June 1, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Lead, Legislation, News 

CPSC Staff Roundtable: Understanding the Pending Lead Legislation and the Use of Lead in Consumer Products, May 13, 2008
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC staff held a one-day roundtable, “Understanding the Pending Lead Legislation and the Use of Lead in Consumer Products” on May 13, 2008. This roundtable was intended to provide stakeholders with an understanding of the pending Congressional action on lead and the use of lead in consumer products, especially children’s products.

CPSC staff discussed pending lead legislation and enforcement issues, current events abroad, and laboratory testing procedures for lead. Industry representatives discussed the use of lead in consumer products for example, paints and coatings, toys, plastics, jewelry, electronics, batteries and textiles, potential substitutes for lead in their products, best practices that can be implemented to eliminate or reduce the use of lead, and differences between domestic manufacturing plants and their practices and those outside the U.S. The roundtable included question and answer sessions and discussions led by the CPSC staff. A wrap-up session for final comments and questions and answers concluded the day.

Bills Give Labs Job Of Finding Risks In Kids Products - WSJ.com

March 7, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Legislation 

Bills Give Labs Job Of Finding Risks In Kids Products - WSJ.com
Congress is giving the job of ensuring that childrens products are safe to many of the same private laboratories that already work for importers, manufacturers and retailers.

A bill approved yesterday by the Senate — as well as a similar bill already passed by the House — aims to plug holes in the governments consumer safety net that have been letting hazardous products aimed at children slip through. Dozens of toys were recalled by manufacturers in 2007 because of dangers including choking risks and contamination involving lead, asbestos and other toxic chemicals.

Tracking Toy Recalls – Whose Job? — Courant.com

January 25, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Legislation 

Tracking Toy Recalls – Whose Job? — Courant.com
WEST HARTFORD — - Senate Democrats announced Thursday they will introduce legislation that would require retailers to remove recalled products such as toys and childrens clothing from store shelves or face the possibility of fines.

The proposed Childrens Product Safety Act, which lawmakers said they will introduce during the coming legislative session Feb. 6, would make Connecticut the ninth state in the country to ban the sale of recalled products. The law would also make Connecticut the first state in the nation to require retailers to track recalled products and report to the state how those products were disposed of.

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