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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Baby Food Trial, GSK Double-Platinum, ISO 50001

Gerber Products, Del Monte Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition and other major baby food manufacturers are defendants in a lead-labeling lawsuit that went to trial in California yesterday, the AP reports. The Environmental Law Foundation brought the suit, saying many of the companies’ products contain lead at levels that require a warning under the state’s Proposition 65.

Lawsuits under Prop 65 rarely come to trial, Law360 reports. The suit between ELF and 16 food manufacturers will therefore have an “outsized impact” on how the standard is interpreted, how levels of listed substances are measured, and whether Prop 65 warnings will be pre-empted by federal law.

GlaxoSmithKline has opened a double-LEED Platinum, 208,000 sq ft facility in Philadelphia, including office space, meeting centers, a coffee shop, cafeteria and fitness center. The building won Platinum for both Core & Shell and Commercial Interiors. It uses high-performance glass, automatic shades, an astronomical time clock and cloud sensor program, smart water and energy meters, low-flow plumbing, carbon dioxide sensors, and a ventilation system that provides 30 percent more fresh air than required by code, GSK says. The roof is 40 percent covered with vegetation.

The SKF bearing factory in Ahmedabad, India has won LEED Gold certification from the India Green Building Council. The facility is 23 percent more energy efficient than building standards and uses 30 percent less water, Electric Light & Power reports.

Bangalore International Airport Limited has secured ISO 50001 energy management system certification, TravelBizMonitor reports. Suresh BL and Radhakrishnan, DNV awarded the certificate.

Nord Drivesystems’ UK sales and assembly facility has achieved ISO 14001 environmental management systems accreditation, awarded by LRQA. Nord said it achieved the certification in part through a company-wide training program on efficient energy and materials management, HUB 4 reported.

The British Standards Institution, the UK’s member body to the ISO, has submitted a proposal for a new international standard that would specify requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. ANSI, the US member body to the ISO, has invited all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by April 26.

The international OASIS open standards consortium announced that it has been accredited by ANSI to develop and maintain American National Standards. Ratified OASIS Standards will now be eligible for ANS designation. Each OASIS Technical Committee now has the option to submit its approved standards for ANS status.

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