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Chemical Manufacturers Call for WHO Cancer Agency Reform

Chemical Manufacturers Call for WHO Cancer Agency Reform

The American Chemistry Council says the World Health Organization’s “sensationalist studies” about chemical safety are misleading policy makers and consumers, hurting farmers and manufacturers, and resulting in retailers unnecessarily phasing out certain substances.

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Prop. 65 Chemical Warning Law Changes Take Effect. Is Your Business Ready?

Companies that do business in California may soon have to comply with new regulations — many would say burdens — under the state’s chemical-warning law, Proposition 65. The 30-year-old Prop. 65 law requires businesses to disclose the presence of chemicals known by the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm. … Read more »

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States to Feds: Don’t Wreck States’ Chemical Rules with TSCA Reform

As the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 moves closer to final passage, 12 state attorneys general are urging US lawmakers to protect states’ efforts to regulate toxic chemicals. Both the US Senate and House of Representatives passed bills last year that aim to overhaul … Read more »

Cal EPA to Label Monsanto’s Roundup ‘Carcinogenic’

The California EPA plans to label the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup a chemical “known to cause cancer.” According to a notice of intent published by the California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, will soon likely be required to carry a warning under … Read more »


Lawsuit Says Kroger Bread Contains Carcinogen

Supermarket chain Kroger is allegedly selling wheat bread containing high levels of urethane without a required warning on the packaging, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed by Custodio & Dubey LLP, says urethane is a carcinogen and California Proposition 65 requires manufacturers … Read more »

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Prop 65 Reforms ‘Would Burden Business’

Recently proposed Proposition 65 reforms would place major new burdens on business, attorneys with Morrison & Foerster have argued. Writing for Lexology, Michael Steel and Dan Gershwin say that a pre-regulatory draft of proposed changes to Prop. 65 regulations, released by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on March 7, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Sustainable Beef, IgCC Changes, Prop. 65 Reforms

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has released its draft Principles and Criteria for Global Sustainable Beef for public comment, through May 16. The draft was developed by GRSB members, including producers and producer associations, the processing sector, retail companies, civil society organizations, and regional roundtables. California’s Office of Environmental Health … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Chrysler’s ISO 50001, GM’s LEED, Prop. 65

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard with certification by TÜV, Plant reports. Investments in automated heating and ventilation management are projected to save about $2 million a year in electricity and natural gas costs, and lighting control projects are projected to save $110,000 a year. … Read more »


Pepsi, Goya Findings Put 4-MEI on FDA Regulatory Agenda

Consumer Reports’ findings on 4-methylimidazole in Pepsi and Goya Foods products, among others, has sparked lawsuits and a renewed FDA investigation of the chemical’s safety. The magazine found that single servings of Pepsi One and Malta Goya exceeded the 29 micrograms level that is the threshold in California, without carrying the warning required … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: McDonald’s, KFC Prop. 65 Suits; LEED for DuPont, Canon

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked California’s Second District Court of Appeal to revive lawsuits alleging that McDonald’s, KFC, Applebee’s and other restaurant chains did not give sufficient warning, under Proposition 65, that their chicken grilling creates a carcinogen, Law360 reports. Consumer Advocacy Group has threatened to sue Unified … Read more »

Chanler Prop. 65

More Foreign Firms Could Settle Under Prop. 65

Two recent Proposition 65 settlements with Chinese companies are likely the beginning of a trend, in which foreign firms get taken to court over the products they sell in the US, according to an attorney familiar with such cases. In September, the Chanler Group reached a settlement with China’s Hangzhou … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Building Commissioning, Laptop Chargers, Phthalate Listed

ASHRAE is requesting public input on ASHRAE Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, which describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings using the principlesof ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The proposed guideline is open for public comment until Jan. 20, … Read more »

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