Sex Toys Contain Phthalates

Products of Interest

The website Longevity warns readers that knock-off sex toys from China often don’t hold the same production standards as US-made brands.

DTSC Seeks Information on Three Chemical Groups as Future Priority Products

Green Chemistry

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced that it is seeking information about three groups of products that it is considering identifying as “priority products” under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

IARC's Listing of Glyphosate Continues to Generate Much Controversy in the Scientific Community

IARC

A recent article in Horticulture Week reports on a paper that was published by ten experts in toxicology, oncology, pharmacology, biology, endocrinology, genetics and related disciplines, which challenges that the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) and United Nations Global Harmonised System for Classification and Labeling (GHS) use outmoded hazard-based schemes to evaluate cancer risks to the public.

Report on the "Next Generation of Risk Assessment Multi-Year Study"

Risk assessment

Lauren Zeise, Director of OEHHA, was among almost fifty scientists who published an article in Environmental Health Perspectives about the Next Generation (NexGen) of Risk Assessment effort.

TSCA News Roundup

TSCA, US EPA, US OSHA, NIOSH

Larry Culleen, a partner with Arnold & Porter, said the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly forward with what could be the first federal environmental regulation to impose reporting requirements specifically for nanoscale materials.

Study Finds Pesticide Levels in Breast Milk Have Dropped Significantly

Studies

Alternet reported in late October on a study published in the journal Chemosphere, which showed that levels of pesticides in breast milk had dropped significantly over the past 40 years.

European Union Chemical News Roundup

EU Reach

Members of the European Parliament have voted for a non-binding resolution asking the EU to "further harmonize the safety requirements for food contact materials [FCMs], which are largely used in everyday life in the form of food packaging, kitchen utensils and tableware."

Seven Substances Added to 14th Report on Carcinogens

NTP, OEHHA

On November 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens,   which includes seven newly reviewed substances bringing the cumulative total to 248 listings.

Amended Complaint Seeks to Preserve Unfair Competition Claim Against Makers of Electronic Cigarettes

Litigation

On September 30, Federal District Court Judge James Donato rejected an attempt to use California’s unfair competition law to bar the sale of electronic cigarettes.

CIC Gives Medium or Low Priorities to Candidate Chemicals

OEHHA

At the November 15 meeting of the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) meeting, in addition to its consideration of nitrite amines/amide combinations [see CIC Will Not List Nitrites With Amines or Amides as a Whole Category But May List Individual Combinations, November 20, 2017] can you, the CIC also considered what priority to assign to five separate chemicals for future listing consideration.

CIC Will Not List Nitrites With Amines or Amides as a Whole Category But May List Individual Combinations

OEHHA

​At their meeting on Tuesday, November 15, the Carcinogen Identification Committee(CIC) decided not to list the chemical group “nitrite in combination with amines or amides” as a Proposition 65 carcinogen.

DARTIC Retains Chloroform as a Developmental Reproductive Toxicant

OEHHA

At its October 27 meeting the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) voted to retain chloroform on the list of Proposition 65 reproductive toxicants.

Turkeys Treated With Nitarsone Contributed to Levels of Arsenic Found in US Population

Studies, Products of Interest

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Keeve E. Nachman and others reported in two research articles in Environmental Health Perspective that arsenic in turkey and other poultry contributed to arsenic exposure in the US.

OEHHA Rejects Adding the Delayed Onset of Puberty as a Basis for Lead Listing

OEHHA

OEHHA has rejected an effort to list the delayed onset of puberty in females as an additional basis for the listing of lead as a female reproductive toxicant.

DTSC Previews the Next Set of Priority Products

Green Chemistry

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has announced it will hold a webinar to discuss a possible next set of priority products under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulations.

Report Claims 16 Prop. 65 Chemicals in Oil Field Wastewater Used to Irrigate Crops

Studies

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report in October two days before a public meeting of an expert panel convened to study the practice’s safety.

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Finds

Studies

An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing have the potential to contaminate air and water in nearby communities.

OEHHA Intends to List PFOA and PFOS as Reproductive Toxicants

OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has issued a notice of intent  (NOI) to list perfluoroactanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoroactane sulfonate (PFOS) as developmental reproductive toxicants under Proposition 65.

OEHHA Proposes to Eliminate Mandatory Public Hearing on SUD Petitions

OEHHA

Proposition 65 allows businesses to petition the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for what is known as a Safe Use Determination (SUD).

Commenters Try to Influence Prioritization of Chemicals for Possible Carcinogen Listing

OEHHA

On Tuesday, November 15 the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) will meet to prioritize five fairly common chemicals for possible future consideration as Proposition 65 listed carcinogens.

Roundup Cases Centralized in California While IARC Advises Scientist Not to Disclose Glyphosate Documents

OEHHA, IARC

LawyersandSettlements.com reported that “Efforts to consolidate Monsanto Roundup lawsuits involving the well-known weed killer Roundup by Monsanto Co. (Monsanto) have resulted in centralization in California, a win for plaintiffs who had been pushing for the Golden State over other jurisdictions Monsanto fought centralization, but these efforts failed to sway the Court.”

Prop. 65 Private Enforcers Are Just Getting Warmed Up, Attorney Warns Dietary Supplement Companies

Litigation

The pace of Prop 65 suits in California continues to be brisk and settlement demands have been increasing, said a Ann Grimaldi, an attorney who represents dietary supplements in these actions.

Much Uncertainty for Industry Due to Brexit

EU Reach

Although there is still much uncertainty, British law firms are beginning to advise their clients on the implications of Brexit.

Phthalates in Fast Foods May Be Potential Dietary Source of Exposure

Studies, Products of Interest

Researchers report that fast food consumption appears to be one source of exposure to the chemicals di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DiNP).

Tom Hayden Leaves Major Legacy in California

People in the News

Tom Hayden died October 23 in Santa Monica. He was known for many things: 1960's radical, politician, author and among the main forces behind Proposition 65.

Prop. 65 Conference Focuses on Compliance With New Warning and Settlement Regulations

OEHHA, Litigation

The Prop. 65 Clearinghouse held its annual conference in San Francisco recently, and the speakers and panelists had a number of recommendations for both retailers and manufacturers following the adoption of Proposition 65’s new warning regulations.

EPA Releases Report on Glyphosate

US EPA, Chemicals of Interest, OEHHA, IARC

Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide, is not likely carcinogenic to humans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on September 16, as it outlined its current position on the controversial chemical.

TSCA News Roundup

TSCA, US EPA

Richard Denison, Lead Senior Scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, recently blogged about the magnitude of the task that awaits EPA under the new TSCA, with respect to prioritization, risk evaluation, risk management, and substantiation and review of confidential business information (CBI) claims.

Wells Fargo Offers IHA Members Prop. 65 Insurance

Insurance

The International Housewares Association announced in September that it is partnering with Wells Fargo Insurance to provide a new insurance program that can help members mitigate their liability under the California Proposition 65.

Products of Interest: What's in the News

Products of Interest

A recent report from the European Commission warns that tattoo ink often contains “hazardous chemicals” such as heavy metals and preservatives that could have serious health consequences, including bacterial infections.

Low-dose Mixtures and Cancer Highlighted at NIEHS Symposium

Studies, Risk assessment

Scientists gathered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in August to consider how exposures to low doses of chemical mixtures may contribute to the development of cancer.

IARC Releases Report on Four Chemicals

IARC

An international Working Group of 18 scientists convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of five chemical agents: pentachlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, 3,3′,4,4′-tetrachloroazobenzene, aldrin, and dieldrin.

Pentachlorophenol and Synthesis By-Products Is Listed as a Carcinogen

OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has finalized its listing of “pentachlorophenol and by-products of its synthesis (complex mixture)” as a carcinogen under Proposition 65.

EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products

TSCA

Mark Duvall, partner at Beveridge & Diamond, recently reviewed the implications for importers, retailers, and others that sell goods containing plywood or other composite wood products.

Cosmetics Industry Divided on How to Reform FDA Regulation of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Legislation

As Congress returns from its summer recess and begins wrapping up its work for the remainder of 2016, one of the many outstanding issues is Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Susan Collins' (R-ME) Personal Care Products Safety Act (S. 1014).

Study Finds Aluminum Salts May Cause Breast Cancer

Studies

A new Swiss study warns that women who regularly use deodorants containing aluminum salts could risk developing breast cancer.

Department of Pesticide Regulation sets new limits on widely-used fumigant

Litigation

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has issued a new rule to limit the use of the popular pesticide 1,3-D dichloropropene(1,3-D) in order to reduce air pollution from the cancer-causing chemical.

Federal Judge Rejects Attempt to Rely on Prop. 65 for Unfair Competition Claim Against Makers of Electronic Cigarettes

Litigation

A federal District Court judge in San Francisco has rejected an attempt to use California’s unfair competition law to bar the sale of electronic cigarettes based on the violation of Proposition 65. Judge James Donato has ruled that the plaintiff will have to show a violation of a law other than Prop. 65, because he failed to provide the 60-day notice of intent-to-sue required by the Proposition.

Items You Shouldn't Buy at the Dollar Store

Products of Interest

The value of so-called "Dollar Stores" can be alluring, but as the saying goes, you often get what you pay for including items of poor quality and things that may contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

Dow Sued Over Failure to Warn Prior to Pesticide Application

OEHHA

The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed suit against Dow Agroscience accusing the company of manufacturing and selling the pesticide Telone in California without providing a required Proposition 65 warning.

Health Groups Continue to Oppose Allowing Temporary Use of BPA Without Warning Labels

OEHHA

Health groups are continuing to oppose a proposal by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to allow manufacturers of food products to continue to use cans and bottles with linings containing the controversial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). Not only are the groups opposing the agency’s proposal to allow the temporary use of BPA through the end of 2017, but they are also arguing that BPA should be identified as a “priority product” under the state’s Safer Consumer Products program.

NTP to Begin Toxicity Analysis of Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields

NTP, Products of Interest

The National Toxicology Program (NTP), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will begin testing synthetic turf athletic fields for health risks posed by the increasingly popular playing surfaces.

Comments on SCP's First Priority Product Designation Are More Concerned With Future Designations

Green Chemistry

Those commenting on the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s first proposed designation of a “priority product” under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program are less concerned with the product itself and more concerned with any precedent it sets as to future designations.

OEHHA Finalizes Major Rewrite of Warning Regulations

OEHHA

The state Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the final version of a major rewrite of the Proposition 65 warning regulations submitted by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

AG Finalizes Revision of Private Party Litigation Regulations

The Office of Administrative Law on August 30 approved major changes adopted by the Attorney General’s office in its regulations governing private party lawsuits under Proposition 65.

Carcinogen Panel Will Consider Prioritizing Five Chemicals For Possible Listing

OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has announced the identification of five chemicals as candidates for listing as carcinogens under Proposition 65 by the agency's expert panel for carcinogens--the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC).

Expert Panel Will Consider Delisting of Chloroform

OEHHA

The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) will meet to consider delisting chloroform as a Proposition 65 reproductive toxicant.

CIC Will Consider Listing of Nitrite In Combination With Amines and Amides

OEHHA

On Tuesday, November 15 the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) will meet to consider whether to list Nitrite in Combination With Amines or Amides as a Proposition 65 carcinogen.

Policy Expert Says TSCA Reform Will do Little to Protect Public Health

TSCA

With the passage of the long-awaited reform to the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), environmentalists and industry representatives both celebrated the new law as a coming together of the two sides for the greater good.

Prop. 65 Violations Issued for Thermal Receipt Paper

Litigation

Since the California added bisphenol A (BPA) to its list of chemicals requiring warning labels under Prop. 65, much attention has been paid to the linings in aluminum cans where BPA is a common ingredient.

Coalition of Doctors, Advocates, Scientists Call to Protect Children from Harmful Chemicals

Regulatory Reform

A group of more than 50 doctors, advocates, scientists and public health officials are calling for increased regulation of at least half a dozen chemicals they say can be harmful to children.

Senior IARC Staffer Discusses Ongoing Glyphosate Issues

OEHHA, IARC

As chemical safety regulators continue to debate the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's popular herbicide RoundUp, Euronews sat down with Kurt Straif, a senior scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to discuss the ongoing issues.

Chemical Industry Advocate Pens Opinion Bashing Prop. 65

OEHHA, People in the News

In an op-ed published in the Orange County Register, David Fischer, a senior director at the American Chemistry Council, celebrated the 30th anniversary of California's Prop. 65 by lampooning the law, saying it has led to "mounting costs and elusive benefits."

Glyphosate to Stay on European Markets For At Least Another Year

OEHHA

The world's most-used herbicide, glyphosate, will stay on European Markets for at least 12 months as regulators await the results of a study to assess its safety after accusations it is carcinogenic.

Concentrate From Apple Juice Processor Found to Contain High Levels of Arsenic

Products of Interest

A Washington apple processor was warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this summer after concentrate from the facility was found to contain levels of arsenic nearly nine times higher than the federal limit of 9 parts per billion.

OEHHA Lists 1-Bromopropane as Carcinogen Over Objections

OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has listed the solvent 1-bromopropane (1-BP) (CAS #106-94-5) as a carcinogen under Proposition 65 pursuant to the authoritative bodies listing mechanism. In finalizing the listing OEHHA rejected comments submitted by the Ablemarle Corporation.

Environmental Groups Announce First Prop. 65 Settlement Covering Oil and Gas Wastewater Pits

Litigation

Three environmental groups have reached a settlement of a Proposition 65 lawsuit against a Kern County company that operates oil and gas produced wastewater disposal facilities. The groups are touting the settlement as the first successful challenge under Prop. 65 of what they contend are hundreds of unregulated discharges of oil wastewater into unlined disposal pits in several California counties.

What TSCA Reform Means for Businesses

TSCA

With the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the long awaited update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), many new regulations are scheduled to be put into force in the coming years with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) power expanded under the new reforms.

Advocates Call on Nation's Top Grocery Retailers to Pull Products Containing BPA

Products of Interest, OEHHA

More than 100,000 people have signed petitions calling on the country's two biggest grocery chains, Kroger and Albertsons, to remove canned food containing bishphenol A (BPA) from their shelves.

Study Finds Numerous Hazardous Chemicals in Garden Hoses

Products of Interest

A study from the consumer product testing website HealthyStuff.org has ranked the best and worst of commonly used garden hoses in terms of toxic chemicals including lead, phthalates and flame retardants.

Advocacy Group Creates Database of 16,000 Products Containing BPA

Products of Interest

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created an easily searchable database of products containing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to reproductive harm and hormone disruption.

GAO Skewers FDA Over Lack of Measurable Regulatory Science Goals

US FDA

In two reports, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency's lack of measurable benchmarks for progress in advancing regulatory science and for failing to coordinate adequately between its medical product centers.

Chemical Industry Group Director Calls for Prop. 65 Reform

Regulatory Reform

Prop. 65 is outdated and badly in need of reform, according to David Fischer, a senior director at the American Chemical Council (ACC), which advocates for chemical manufacturers.

Experts Warn Against Triclosan in Building Materials

Products of Interest

As manufacturers of building materials and builders themselves seek greener alternatives to traditional products, experts are warning the public about some unintended consequences of the new alternatives.

Study Finds no Link Between Exposure to PBDEs and Childhood Obesity

Studies

Prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors has been linked to childhood obesity, but researchers have found that one such group of chemicals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), could have the inverse effect.

Higher Concentrations of Parabens Lead to Lower Fertility Rates, Study Finds

Studies

Researchers have linked exposure to parabens and other antimicrobial chemicals, which are pervasive and can disrupt hormonal function, with reduced fecundity.

Hundreds of Chemicals Found to be Building up in Americans' Bodies, Advocacy Group finds

Studies

A report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that hundreds of carcinogenic chemicals are building up in the bodies of the American public.

Lawmakers Looking at EPA Glyphosate Review for Bias

OEHHA

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are conducting an investigation into a recent review of glyphosate by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after charges that staff at the agency may have influenced the World Health Organization's (WHO) own review of the chemical.

California Supreme Court OKs New Defense in Product Liability Cases

Litigation

Suppliers who get sued in product liability cases will have a new defense as the California Supreme Court has formally adopted the "sophisticated intermediary doctrine"

OEHHA Lists Sedaxane as Proposition 65 Carcinogen Despite Objections

OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has listed sedaxane(CAS # 874967-67-6) as a Proposition 65 carcinogen, effective as of July 1, 2016. The listing was finalized over the strong objection of the Syngenta Corporation.

OEHHA Issues SUD for DINP Submitted by RFCI

OEHHA

On June 24, The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment granted a request by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) for a safe use determination(SUD) covering exposure to residents of homes and other facilities from vinyl flooring containing the Proposition 65-listed carcinogen Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP).

Mateel Appeals Adverse Decision on Lead MADL

OEHHA

To no one's great surprise, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation has appealed a recent decision by the Alameda County Superior Court upholding the Proposition 65 safe harbor level for exposure to lead. MEJF v. OEHHA will now go to the First District Court of Appeal.

Researchers Find Potentially Hazardous Chemicals in E-cigarette Flavorings

Studies

As use of e-cigarettes continues to grow, scientists have yet to come to solid conclusions on what exactly the health effects of their continued use could be over the long term.

Researchers Formulate New Method for Navigating Mechanistic Data

Risk assessment

There exists no shortage of data around which environmental chemicals cause cancer but, until recently, there was no method to systematically organize and evaluate mechanistic data on human carcinogens.

Pizza Hut Moves to Cut Two Chemicals from Products, Reduce Antibiotics

Products of Interest

Pizza Hut has pledged to remove two chemicals, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), from its products and cut down on the use of chicken raised using antibiotics and preservatives in cheese.

Federal Cellphone Guidelines Could Change After Study Reveals Tumors in Rats

Studies

A study on the effects of cellphone radiation has revealed that the waves could cause tumors in laboratory animals and could lead to a change in federal guidelines governing cellphones.

British Clothing Company Goes PFC-Free

Products of Interest

Páramo, an English maker of outdoor clothing, has embraced a call by Greenpeace to take perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) out of their products.

OEHHA Withdraws and Immediately Re-proposes Same Safe Harbor Level for All of Triazine Pesticides

OEHHA

In June of last year the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment proposed identical maximum allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) (safe harbors) of 100 micrograms/day (oral) for six so-called triazine pesticides and their breakdown products. The agency has now withdrawn that proposal, because it couldn't complete it within one year due to litigation over the listings of the pesticides. It then immediately re-proposed the same safe harbor levels, which will give OEHHA another year to finalize them.

OEHHA Issues SUD for DINP in Carpet Tiles

OEHHA

On May 27 OEHHA granted a request by Tandus Centiva, Inc. for a Safe Use Determination (SUD) covering exposure to residents and carpet installers to vinyl carpet tiles containing the Proposition 65-listed carcinogen diisononyl phthalate (DINP).

OEHHA Announces Intent to List Bromodichloroacetic Acid

OEHHA

OEHHA has announced its notice of intent to list Bromodichloroacetic acid as a Proposition 65 carcinogen. The proposed listing is based on the authoritative bodies listing mechanism with the authoritative body in this instance being the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

IARC Concludes That Coffee is Non-Carcinogenic

IARC

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that coffee is non-carcinogenic and, in fact, may be beneficial in warding off some types of cancers. IARC also concluded that the popular South American drink mate is not a carcinogen, but that drinking "very hot" beverages probably causes cancer of the esophagus in humans.

Stanford Study Finds Triclosan Has Minimal Effect on Gut Bacteria

Studies

Researchers at Stanford University have found exposure to triclosan, a common ingredient in hand sanitizers and other household products, has little impact on the bacteria in the gut.

SC Johnson Reveals Potentially Dangerous Secret Ingredients in UK Cleaners

Products of Interest

Attempting to address the concerns of customers, SC Johnson revealed a list of secret ingredients in its scented cleaners marketed in the UK that could be potentially harmful.

Triclosan in Sanitizers, Tooth Paste Can Diminish Diversity in Gut Microbiota, Study Says

Products of Interest

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that exposure to triclosan, a common ingredient in hand sanitizers, shampoo and tooth paste can affect the diversity and composition of bacteria in the gut in lab animals.

FDA Seeking Comment on Petition to Reconsider Safety of Ortho-phthalates

US FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting public comment on a petition submitted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) asking the agency to reconsider its ruling on additives in food packaging, which studies have lined to cancer and endocrine disruption.

Bill Would Require FDA to Evaluate Chemicals in Personal Care Products

US FDA

A bill making its way through the Senate would task the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with evaluating the ingredients in personal care products - including toothpaste, shampoo and cosmetics - for substances that could be harmful, a responsibility currently left to product manufacturers.

Experts Study New Tools for Cancer Risk Assessment

Studies

Researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are looking at ways to add new factors in determining which chemicals the IARC Monographs Program examines for carcinogenicity.

Researchers Seek Broader Context for Chemical Exposure Data

Studies

Scientists looking to improve the study of interactions between environmental stressors and human or ecological receptors are looking to integrate more data into the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD).

Major Rewrite of TSCA Set for Obama Signature

TSCA

The House of Representatives and the Senate have now both passed the same final version of a major rewrite of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) - the first systematic change of a major federal environmental law since the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. President Obama is expected to quickly sign the new TSCA legislation (H.R. 2576) into law.

Study Links BPA, Phthalates with Pregnancy Complications

Studies

A study from researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Michigan has shown a significant link between elevated levels of bisphenol A and phthalates and pregnancy complications.

Industry Group to Help Retailers Comply with Prop. 65

Warnings

An industry group representing grocery retailers has created a database and is offering free signs to help store owners comply with Prop. 65 and its rules surrounding bisphenol A (BPA).

New Bill Would Require Cleaning Products to Disclose Ingredients

Products of Interest

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., reintroduced legislation in May that would require manufacturers of cleaning products to list potentially harmful chemicals on labels and websites.

European Food Safety Agency Issues Warning For Contaminants in Vegetable Oils

Products of Interest

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a warning for contaminants in vegetable oils after data showed that they could pose potential health concerns "for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups"

FDA Finalizes Rule Restricting Tobacco Sales

US FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule that extends its authority to tobacco products including e-cigarettes, hookahs and cigars.

Study Finds no Link Between Exposure to Organophosphate Insecticide and Cognitive Function

Studies

Researchers from France and Canada have found no evidence linking exposure to organophosphate insecticide (OP) with impaired cognitive function in children, going against the findings of several studies, which indicated the chemical impairs neurodevelopment.