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US FDA Issues 2017 Food Code
08 Mar 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
08 Mar 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
06 Mar 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
28 Feb 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.
ECHA issues first report on its Harmonized Enforcement Project on Substance Restrictions
20 Feb 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical Medical Devices, Electrical and Electronics
On February 8, 2018 ECHA published its first report on joint market surveillance to evaluate compliance to substance restrictions according to REACH Annex XVII. Contributions to this report have been received from 27 countries which reported on 5625 product checks during the project.
US EPA Revises Voluntary Consensus Standards for Formaldehyde Emission in Composite Wood
19 Feb 2018 Hardgoods
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its list of standards for formaldehyde emission in composite wood products and clarified a technicality to allow panel manufacturers to correlate their quality control methods to either the large or small chamber. This final rule (83 FR 5340) became effective on February 7, 2018.
EU Strengthens BPA Restrictions in Food Contact Materials and Articles
19 Feb 2018 Hardgoods, Food
The EU has strengthened its requirements for bisphenol A (BPA) in ‘food contact plastics’ and ‘food contact varnished or coated products’. The provisions in the law will become effective on September 6, 2018.