SAFEGUARDS | SoftlinesNO. 151/20
Chromium VI (Cr (VI)) has been listed on the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) list for carcinogenic and reproductive toxicity since 1987. As part of Prop 65, businesses selling products in California must provide “clear and reasonable warning” before knowingly exposing people to any chemical on the list, unless the expected level of exposure would pose no significant cancer risk. Chromium is the most versatile tanning agent. However, under certain production and storage conditions, chromium III can be converted to chromium VI, which can easily trigger allergic reactions and cause skin ulcers, tumors or even skin cancer.
Since the beginning of last year, there have been many 60-day notices issued in relation to the presence of Cr (VI) in leather goods [SG No. 079/19]. Among them, two 60-day notices led to a settlement and a consent judgement issued to address consumer exposures to Cr (VI) in leather gloves. These enforcements require a clear and reasonable warning label to be displayed on the covered leather gloves that contain Cr (VI).
The warning label shall consist of either the Warning or Alternative Warning as follows per settlements:
Or an alternative short-form warning:
The 60-day Notice of Violation is a legal document that often leads to settlement negotiations. Once the relevant settlement agreement or judgment is reached, it is required that the product manufacturer either reformulate the product or provide a warning label.
SGS Global Softlines has an extensive network of over 40 laboratories worldwide, with a strong team of committed professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Our internationally accredited state-of-the-art testing laboratories offer a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. We help your company ensure quality, performance and compliance with international, industrial and regulatory standards worldwide. Discover more at www.sgs.com/softlines.
For enquiries, please contact:
Consumer and Retail — Softlines
US & Canada Softlines Business Head
t: +1 973 461 7919
Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!
Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry
© SGS Group Management SA - 2020 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.