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Canada Implements MRLs for Spirotetramat in Crops
November 27, 2017 Food
Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has notified the WTO that proposed Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for Spirotetramat in crops such as stone fruits, tree nuts, carrot roots, sugar beet roots and asparagus are to be implemented. Submitting comments from WTO members are due within 75 days of publication, November 2, 2017.
US Customs Warns Importers of Risk of Seizure for Goods Made Using North Korean Labor
November 27, 2017 Labor Standards
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has contacted stakeholders warning them of the possible consequences of importing products where the supply chain includes North Korean workers.
US CPSC Publishes NPR for Accredited Labs to Comply with CPSIA Phthalates
November 27, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products
The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to allow existing accredited laboratories two years to update their scope of accreditation to the latest method for CPSIA phthalates. If approved, the final rule could become effective sometime in 2018.
California Lists two PFO Analogues under PROP 65
November 22, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food
California has recently listed PFOA and PFOS onto the Proposition 65 list of chemicals. Businesses have until November 10, 2018 to comply with ‘clear and reasonable’ warning requirements.
What’s new for CFSP?
November 21, 2017 Labor Standards
The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), which is a multi-industry initiative with over 360 member companies, will become the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). In parallel with the CFSI rebrand to RMI, the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) name has also changed to the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP).
New York Suffolk County Amends the Toxic Free Toys Act
November 20, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods
Suffolk County in the state of New York has recently implemented measures to improve the effectiveness of its Toxic Free Toys Act. The new restrictions became effective on November 6, 2017.
Validity of New Mexican Standard for Textile Care Labelling
November 13, 2017 Softlines
The new Mexican Standard NMX-A-3758-INNTEX-2014 “Textile – Code of Generation of Caring Labels with the Use of Symbols” has been published and became effective on the October 15, 2017. The new standard will supersede NMX-A-240-INNTEX-2009.