SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 094/16

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Product manufacturers and retailers who sell products in California that expose consumers to bisphenol A (BPA) must provide a warning, beginning 11 May 2016.

On May 15 2015, we informed you that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), added BPA [1] to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

Effective May 11 2016, Proposition 65 enforcement on products containing bisphenol A (BPA) (CAS No. 80-05-7) will begin. Products that contain BPA must be accompanied by a warning label as required by the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). The State of California has proposed a Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 3 µg/day for dermal exposure to BPA. [2] There is currently no proposal for oral exposure MADL. The research for oral exposure is projected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.

The state agency in charge has approved an emergency regulation for food and beverage containers to be posted at checkout lines to warn consumers. The emergency regulation applies only to food packaging and not to other consumer products. The proposed wording is as follows: "Many food and beverage cans have linings containing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical known to the State of California to cause harm to the female reproductive system. Jar lids and bottle caps may also contain BPA. You can be exposed to BPA when you consume foods or beverages packaged in these containers. For more information go to:” [3]

Products other than food and beverage containers would be required to display the Prop 65 warning label as of May 11 2016. BPA is commonly found in a variety of consumer products.

BPA Usage Examples:

  • Food and Beverages and Food Packaging
  • Food and Beverage Containers
  • Resins and Polycarbonate Plastics
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Bicycle Helmets
  • Thermal Paper Receipts
  • Powder Coatings
  • Cell Phones
  • Laptop Computers
  • Tablet Computers
  • Medical Products
  • Automobiles

Throughout a global network of laboratories, SGS can offer comprehensive testing, product assessments and consultancy services related to California Proposition 65 to assist your risk management in your supply chain for consumer goods such as DIYs, electrical and electronics, hardgoods products, juvenile products, and textile & toy products. For further information, please visit our website.

For enquiries, please contact:

Kenneth Stanvick
Technical Manager CRS
t: +01 603 305 4103

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