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EU Updates the Use of Butane, Isobutane and Propane in Color Preparation
Jul 14, 2017 Food
On May 22, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/874, amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008, concerning the use of butane (E 943a), isobutane (E 943b) and propane (E 944) in color preparation.
EU – ECHA Amends SVHC Candidate List to Contain 174 Entries and Updates One Entry
Jul 12, 2017 Automotive, Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Electrical Medical Devices
On July 7, 2017, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added one new Substance of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List and updated another substance’s properties on the List. The addition of the new SVHC brings the total number of entries to 174.
California Lists Penta-BDE Mixture Under Prop 65
Jul 12, 2017 Automotive, Toys and Juvenile Products, Hardgoods, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics
California has recently listed Penta-BDE mixture, a technical mixture of flame retardants, under Proposition 65. The provision for clear and reasonable warnings will become effective on July 7, 2018.
China – Certain Industry Standards Abolished
Jul 10, 2017 Softlines
According to the No. 23 Announcement issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China on June 2, 2017, 2749 industry standards have been abolished, including certain industry standards relating to softlines.
EU Expands SVHC on Authorization List
Jun 28, 2017 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical Medical Devices, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household, Electrical and Electronics
The EU has recently added 12 SVHCs to the Authorization List in Annex XIV of REACH. There are no exemptions to the use of these newly added substances.
India Revises Food Fortification Regulation
Jun 26, 2017 Food
On May 19, 2017, the FFSAI revised a draft regulation relating to fortified food products including salt, vanaspati, wheat flour (Atta), vegetable oil, refined wheat flour (Maida), and fortified rice. It entered into force on April 17, 2017.
Republic of South Africa Amends Pesticide MRLs for Foodstuffs
Jun 23, 2017 Food
On April 7, 2017 the Republic of South Africa issued a draft amendment to its regulations governing maximum limits for pesticides that may be present in foodstuffs. Comments to this amendment can be made until July 7, 2017.
EU Regulates PFOA and Related Substances under REACH
Jun 23, 2017 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Food, Electrical and Electronics
The EU has recently published measures to regulate PFOA, its salts and related substances in a wide range of products under Annex XVII of REACH. The new law will be implemented in phases, starting July 4, 2020.