Monthly Archives: September 2016

U.S. FDA Bans 19 Hazardous Chemicals from Soaps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has forbidden manufacturers from selling soaps that contain specific active antibacterial ingredients to consumers. Some 19 substances are involved; manufacturers have one year to remove the products from the market and find substitutes … Continue reading

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Controversy Surrounding Company Size: EU Court Issues Judgements

In cases involving the ECHA and three Italian chemical companies, the European General Court issued three different judgements. In two cases, the court found for the plaintiffs (K Chimica and Crosfield), but found for the ECHA in another case (Marchi … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About the CLP Regulation

In August, the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie) published a brochure (available in German only), that contains updated and easily understood information on the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP). Among other … Continue reading

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German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment Warns About Contaminants in Canned Fish

Canned fish preserved in oil contains comparatively high levels of cyclo-di-BADGE (CdB), an undesirable reaction product that is created during polymerization of BADGE (2,2-Bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propanbis-(2,3-epoxypropyl)ether, CAS no. 1675-54-3) with bisphenol A (BPA) and of BPA with epichlorhydrin. That’s the finding of … Continue reading

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South Korea to Approve New Biocide Law Soon

The South Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) wants to advance the planning of a Biocides Law quickly. The urgency results from a scandal involving humidifier disinfectant made by Reckitt Benckiser. An ingredient in the sanitizer, polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG), was responsible … Continue reading

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Registration Dossiers: ECHA Calls for Regular Updates

In their latest ECHA Report, the authors criticize the poor quality of registration dossiers. Only one of every three documents reflects the current state of information on the use of and exposure to specific substances. Updates usually occur only under … Continue reading

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U.S. Discounter Walmart Bans Harmful Substances from Its Products

Walmart has compiled a list of high priority chemicals (HPC) that the discounter wants to ban from its products. The substances include toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), nonylphenol exthoxylates (NPE, including nine CAS numbers), formaldehyde, butylparaben, propylparaben, and … Continue reading

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