Archive for September, 2013

Canada Industry Guide on Children’s Jewellry

Friday, September 13th, 2013

In June of 2013, Health Canada released a new guidance document with respect to children’s jewelry.  This guidance document is intended for any person or group who “manufactures, imports, advertises, sells or tests a consumer product for commercial purposes” in Canada.  The guidance document can be found here:

http://cscb.ca/sites/cscb.ca/files/uploads/Industry_Guide_to_Childrens_Jewellery.pdf

Children’s jewelery is defined as “jewellry that is manufactured, sized, decorated, packaged, advertised or sold in a manner that appeals primarily to children under 15 years of age but does not include merit badges, medals of achievement or other similar objects only worn occasionally.”

The guidance document goes on to cover the background on heavy metals in children’s jewelry and the health dangers that these heavy metals pose to children.

Further, specific examples of jewelry that would be considered “children’s jewellry” because of price, play value, size, child appeal, packaging, and marketing, are given with supporting photographs.

FDA Final Rule on BPA in Packaging for Infant Formula

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Effective July 12, 2013, The Food and Drug Administration amended the food additive regulations to no longer provide for the use of Bisphenol A (BPA)-based epoxy resins as coatings in packaging for infant formula because these uses have been abandoned.

Data that the FDA reviewed provided them with a basis to conclude that the use of these resins and coatings has been has been permanently and completely abandoned. They are therefore amending § 175.300 to no longer provide for the use of BPA-based epoxy resins as coatings in packaging for infant formula.