Archive for December, 2010

Europe Bans BPA in Baby Bottles

Friday, December 10th, 2010

On November 26, 2010, the European Commission announced a ban on polycarbonate baby bottles containing the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

In light of recent studies by member states and an updated opinion from EFSA, European Food Safety Authority, the bottles will be banned for manufacture by member states as of March 1, 2011. Products will be banned for import and sale in the EU marketplace as of June 2011.

France and Denmark have already adopted a ban on BPA in baby bottles

CPSC Issues Final Rule on Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Under Section 212 of the the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, Congress established the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database.

The new database will allow consumers to report and publish problems with a particular product’s safety in a public forum before any official decision has been made to recall the product and without having to notify the manufacturer first. Reports can be made by not only consumers, but also by a consumers lawyer, government agencies, health care professionals and child services providers. The purpose of the database is to provide an early warning system that will help avoid dangerous or even deadly defects of products.

In a joint statement, Democratic Commissioners Thomas Moore and Robert Adler, along with CPSC Chairman Inez Tenebaum said the database will allow the Commission to “share more information about dangerous products than we have been allowed to in years past – a change that we believe will lead to safer products and, therefore, safer consumers.” Republican Commissioner Nancy Nord stated that complaints by consumer’s could be misleading and inaccurate. “The Commissions proposal allows anything from anybody to go up on the public database.”

Manufacturers, private labelers and retailers of consumer products need to pay close attention to this database, which is due to be up and running in March 2011. Manufacturers, private labelers and retailers should register with the CPSC in January 2011 so that they receive timely notice of any report of harm filed about their products. Manufacturers, private labelers and retailers should also develop internal procedures for dealing with a report of harm and maintain records of these reports. This should always include good documentation of safety testing and safe production practices.