Monthly Archives: August 2015

China: Targeting Hazardous Substances

As of January 2016, China will strictly limit the use of six hazardous substances in passenger vehicles. The measure and others are part of a national sustainability plan that should improve the environmental scorecard of automobile manufacturers. According to the … Continue reading

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Guidelines for Non-Intentionally Added Substances

The Food Packaging Forum (FPF) has published a dossier that provides information on the sources, risk evaluations, and legal regulations related to non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). Such substances are chemical compounds that are present in a material (food products, for … Continue reading

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Chemicals Can Foster Obesity

Chemicals in house dust can promote obesity (adiposity). That’s the result of a study undertaken by American researchers. The chemicals prefer to dock with a receptor that influences fat metabolism. Particularly active are the by-products of diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), which … Continue reading

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Automobile Industry: Update of REACH Guidelines

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has appended its industry-specific REACH guidelines to the annex Safety Data Sheet Compliance Checks. The update was necessary because representatives from the industry and its associations have repeatedly criticized the poor data quality of … Continue reading

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U.S. State Prohibits Microbeads

The U.S. state of Wisconsin enacted a law that prohibits the use of polymer microbeads in cosmetic products as of 2018. The beads are commonly used in toothpaste, shower gels, peelings, and even fluids to clean contact lenses because their … Continue reading

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EU Overturns Germany’s Heavy Metal Threshold Values for Toys

The European Court of Justice is forcing Germany to recognize the Directive on Toy Safety issued in 2009 (2009/48/EG, ABl. L 170, 1). Up to now, Germany followed the earlier EU standard, the Toy Safety Directive (88/378/EWG, ABl. L 187, … Continue reading

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