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China Releases New Standards for Men’s suits and Coats– GB/T 2664-2017 and Women’s Suits and Coats– GB/T 2665-2017
March 19, 2018 Softlines
China has issued a revised version of its national standard for Men’s suits and coats– GB/T 2664-2017 and Women’s suits and coats– GB/T 2665-2017. The revised standard will become effective on July 1, 2018.
US Legislation Update: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
March 19, 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food, Electrical and Electronics
A number of states in the US have introduced bills to restrict certain flame retardants in consumer products. The scope of products and types of flame retardant are jurisdiction dependent.
EU to Amend Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Certain Products
March 15, 2018 Food
On January 16, 2018, the European Union announced three Commission Regulations amending Annexes II, III and IV to Directive 2005/396/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to MRLs for pesticide in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.
US Additional Guidance Documents to New Nutritional Facts Panel
March 9, 2018 Food
The US FDA finalized four guidance documents and issued one draft guidance document regarding the new nutrition facts panel and labeling. The draft relates to the declaration of added sugars for honey, maple syrup and certain cranberry products.
US FDA Issues 2017 Food Code
March 8, 2018 Food
On February 12, 2018, the US FDA published its 2017 food code. The FDA food Code is a model code to help assure food safety at US retailers, vending and food service operations and by regulatory agencies can assure compliance to a common set of standards.
US FDA Announces Sampling Program for Fresh Herbs, Guacamole and Processed Avocados for Pathogens
March 8, 2018 Food
The US FDA announced has a large-scale sampling and testing program of fresh cilantro, parsley, basil, processed avocados/guacamole. 1600 samples of each item will be tested for Cyclospora, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Shiga-toxin producing E. coli
New Labeling Requirements for Polyester Clothing in US
March 6, 2018 Softlines
In view of the recent concerns about ocean pollution from microfiber shedding during the washing of textiles made from synthetic fibers, such as polyester, new bills have been released in the states of California and Connecticut that will require polyester clothing to have a label warning about shedding in the wash.
US FTC Eliminates Obsolete Provision in Textile Rules
February 28, 2018 Softlines
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule updating the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules) to eliminate the requirement that an owner of a registered word trademark furnish the FTC with a copy of the mark’s registration with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) before using the mark on labels.