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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Lead in Baby Food, Clif Bar Lawsuit

A California judge said that Gerber, Smucker’s, Dole and more than a dozen other manufacturers do not need to place Proposition 65 warnings on baby food containing small amounts of lead. In a preliminary ruling, Judge Steven Brick said all the products are below the regulatory “safe harbor” exposure level, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A final ruling is expected in the next few weeks.

The Environmental Research Center has filed a lawsuit accusing Clif Bar & Co. of violating California’s Proposition 65 by failing to warn consumers that some of its protein bars and energy snacks contain lead. The group says Clif has been selling lead-containing products since at least November 2007.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council has become an accredited American National Standards Developer. The ANSI designation resulted from a six-month application and review process including a public review period.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s 13-story, $147 million headquarters has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The offices feature a building-integrated blackwater treatment system and façade-integrated wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels that generate up to 7 percent of the building’s energy needs.

SCS Global Services has issued the first gold-level certification under the Association for Contract Textiles’ Facts ecolabel to Designtex, a Steelcase company. The certification recognizes the manufacturer’s Gold Standard textile collection as meeting environmental criteria

in eight key parameters across the product lifecycle, including sourcing, water conservation, energy and recycling. These requirements are based on the NSF/ANSI 336 standard for the sustainability of commercial furnishings.

Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario has received ISO 14001 environmental management and OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system certifications from TUV Rheinland. Canadian Solar’s Guelph, Ontario plant is the largest solar module manufacturing facility in Canada.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, received LEED Gold designation for its ground transportation staging area – a former rental car building where cabs and shuttles pick up and drop off passengers. The area reduces emissions by preventing drivers from sitting idle, and the building’s energy use is offset 50 percent with solar power, the ABIA said.

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