Consumer Products Law Blog

GMO FOOD LABELING – THE NEXT CHAPTER

The controversy continues regarding changes to food labeling laws.   In a proverbial nutshell, the issue is whether food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should include labels that disclose that the product includes ingredients developed through biotechnology.  Proponents call for disclosure of GMO status regardless...

Vermont to Regulate More Flame Retardants

In 2009, Vermont enacted Act 61 (9 V.S.A. § 2971) limiting “brominated” flame retardants—sometimes called PBDEs—in certain consumer products. Concerns have been raised about these chemicals’ effects on the human nervous and endocrine systems. Specifically, Act 61 prohibited any person from offering or distributing for...

Maryland Passes Law to Regulate Flame Retardant

Maryland this week pased House Bill 00. This bill prohibits a person from importing, selling, or offering for sale any child care product that contains more than one-tenth of 1% (by mass) of tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). A “child care product” is a consumer product...

CPSC Stopping More Imports

CPSC Enforcement Highlights The CPSC continues to take steps to agressively enforce product safety compliance at U.S. ports. The agency reported that it stopped nearly three million units of consumer products that violated U.S. safety rules from reaching consumers in the 3rd quarter of fiscal...

Will Congress Regulate Cosmetics?

Last year, Representatives Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) proposed legislation to regulate the currently under-regulated cosmetic industry. The legislation, called the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, recognized that as the number of potentially harmful ingredients in personal care products has grown, so has...