Consumer Products Law Blog

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...

CSPC DECIDES LOWER LEAD LEVELS ARE TECHNOLOGICALLY FEASIBLE

In a 3-2 vote along party lines on July 13, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (“CSPC”) decided that the maximum amount of lead allowed in toys and other children’s products is now officially 100 parts per million (“ppm”). As discussed in the June...

Cell Phones – The Safety Conundrum

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a press release on May 31, 2011 advising that exposure to radio frequency (RF) fields from cell phones may increase the risk for certain types of cancer. These findings reverse...