Latest Product Recalls September 2018

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Consumer Product Recalls September 2018

HQTS is accredited to test against all major regulatory standards for the import of consumer goods.

You can rely on the expertise and technical resources of HQTS’ consumer product testing to help ensure your compliance with relevant regulations, as well as your own technical specifications.

With HQTS, you benefit from the skills and expertise of the industry’s foremost leaders, veteran engineers and award winning staff in our 80,000 sq ft laboratory, centrally located in Hangzhou, China. Whatever the scope or complexity of your project, you can count on the accuracy and reliability of HQTS with the most competitive pricing, fastest delivery times in the industry, and the support of a single point of contact for all your testing projects; this personalized approach has established us as one of the most respected labs in China.

Contact us to obtain additional information about how we can help you with your consumer product testing needs.

US Oregon Approved to Amend Reporting Rules Under Toxic Free Kids Act (OAR 333-016)

The United States’ Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has approved to amend Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-016 regarding notification requirements for children’s products under Toxic Free Kids Act. All the proposed provisions have been adopted.

Please note the enforcement schedule of the amendment:

  • Changes to OAR 333-016-2020 Chemicals of High Concern to Children shall be effective on 1 January 2019.
  • Changes to OAR 333-016-2060 Notification requirements shall be effective on 1 October 2018.

Here are the highlights of the proposal:

High priority chemicals of concern for children’s health (HPCCCH) (OAR 333-016-2020)
The OHA drafted the following changes to the list of high priority chemicals of concern. the number of listed chemicals shall become 68.

a)     Chemicals proposed to be added:

b)    Chemicals proposed to be removed:

Notification requirements (OAR 333-016-2060)

The proposal intended to clarify 3 points about the notification requirements:

1. The notification shall report the number of children’s product that contain HPCCCH either sold or offered for sale in Oregon during the biennial notice period.

2. The second notification shall cover the period of 1 January 2018 through 31 December 2019.

3. Only one person or entity that falls within the definition of manufacturer* shall be required to report with respect to a particular children’s product. The priority of reporting responsibility shall follow this order:

1) Any person or entity that manufactured the children’s product, unless it has no presence in the United States;
2) Any person or entity that distributed or made available for distribution the children’s product, unless it has no presence in the United States;
3) The importer or owner of the children’s product in the United States.

* According to Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 431A.253, “manufacturer” means any person that produces a children’s product or an importer or domestic distributor of a children’s product. For the purpose of this subsection of the ORS, “importer” means the owner of the children’s product.

Canada Releases Safety Requirements for Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age

On August 13, 2018, Health Canada issued a notice informing manufacturers, importers and retailers that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age may represent strangulation, choking and aspiration hazards. These hazards could potentially lead to the death of a child.

There are currently no regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) that address these hazards for teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age. Hence Health Canada considered performance criteria from existing international safety standards, and from other Canadian regulations in determining hazard posed by such products.

Health Canada has concluded that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age that do not meet all of the four following performance criteria, or equivalent, may be considered a danger to human health or safety. The products that do not meet the four performance criteria cannot be sold and are subject to compliance and enforcement actions.

Importers, manufacturers or retailers of teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age should ensure that their products meet the performance criteria listed above prior to exporting them for sale in Canada.

Argentina Establishes Quality and Safety Standards for Furniture

On 28 August 2018, Argentina informed WTO on the national regulatory framework establishing the minimum quality and safety principles and requirements for furniture.

Furniture are any products used to store, place or hang items, and/or provide surfaces on which users can rest, whether for indoor or outdoor use with the following exclusion as listed below:
Railing and fences;
Technology and medical assistant equipment;
Ladders;
Furniture installed in vehicles used for public or private transport;
Second hand articles;
Construction products such as stairs, doors, windows and floor covering.

Specific regulations for the quality and safety requirements for furniture include but not limited to the following aspects:

1. Products must withstand the stress to which they are subject to during their life of using, minimum including:
Resistance to tearing, fatigue to wear and friction wear,
Resistance to maximum load for the product is expected,
Physical integrity and resistance to relevant condition of use.

2. Flammability

3. Health and environmental requirements, such as identifying components with possibility of recycling, restrict the use of substances with heavy metal and organic volatile compounds; disclosure of the concentration of potentially toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic substances; and ensure that materials used in the product are safe for users (e.g. paints, adhesive, resins etc).

4. Product should list the component parts and indicate the percentage weight of each constituent material. The design should pose dimensional stability, and not have any pointed parts, sharp edges, chamfers or potentially hazardous finishes.

5. It must include information on assembly and disassembly, cleaning and maintenance and the maximum admissible loads.

Domestic manufacturers and importers of the products covered by the notified measure are responsible for ensuring compliance with the technical requirements and conformity assessment procedures that will be established by the specific regulations. The notified measure will be implemented within the deadlines established in each of the regulations issued.

HQTS Group Hosts Supply Chain Services

HQTS Group held Upgrade Supply Chain Services Seminar on September 19 and 20 in Wuyishan, Fujian Province. The seminar’s topic is “The Mutual Benefit of Quality Management in the Supply Chain”. Key management from HQTS Group, industry experts and representatives of various elite domestic enterprises attended the seminar.

 

Ms. Kathy, the Vice President of HQTS Group and Ms. Rao, Lecturer of Fujian Light Industrial College, shared information regarding the international/domestic economic situation, and problems the industry is facing.
The seminar’s topics include:
1. Comparing the development of manufacturing industry from the the standpoint of the domestic and foreign economies.
2. From quality assurance market in Southeast Asia to see the industrial transfer;
3. How to improve quality in the supply chain management, optimize production capacity, and improve evaluation.
Joint discussions were held on the current supply chain issues and management and development trends. Open discussions were also held to offer all attendees the opportunity to share their comments on related subjects, and to answer questions.
Although this is the first time HQTS Group held such seminar, attendees from participating enterprises gave high marks to the event and expressed support for future like events. HQTS will build on this experience to be more inclusive and expand the invitation to more industry leaders and attendees to participate in future events.
For more than 20 years, HQTS Group has been working to improve quality awareness and its internal quality capabilities, while remaining deeply involved in industry education and awareness programs.

ECHA Seeks Public Consultation on Six Potential Substances of Very High Concern

On Sep 4, 2018, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched its public consultation on six potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The six proposed substances in the consultation are listed as below. The deadline for commenting is October 19, 2018.

list of the six proposed substances in the public consultation

The six additional substances application of the SVHC list are as follows:

1. 2,2-bis(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane: The majority of patents are for use in polymers, other minor uses include drugs/biocides, surface coatings, inks, adhesives etc.

2. Benzo[k]fluoranthene: Uses include coatings, adhesives, road and construction application and cleaning agents.

3. Fluoranthene: Uses include coatings, adhesives, road and construction application and cleaning agents

4. Phenanthrene: Uses in Coatings and paints, uses in road and construction application, in binders or release agents, uses in lubricants, in cleaning agents

5. Pyrene: Uses in coatings, uses in road and construction applications, in binders or agents, cleaning agents

6. Undecafluorohexanoic acid and its ammonium salt: Its precursors can be used as surfactants or as monomers for the production of side-chain fluorinated polymers.

California Passes Flame Retardant Bill on Juvenile Products and Upholstered Furniture

On August 29, 2018, California’s legislature has passed a bill AB 2998, banning the use of flame retardants in juvenile products, upholstered furniture and mattresses.

Flame retardant has the properties of carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity and endocrine interference. This bill stipulates that from January 1, 2020, manufacturers shall not sell or distribute in commerce in this state any new, not previously owned juvenile products, mattresses, or upholstered furniture that contains covered flame retardant chemicals at levels above 1000 parts per million (1000 ppm). Also, a custom upholsterer shall not repair, reupholster, recover, restore, or renew upholstered furniture or reupholstered furniture using replacement components that contain covered flame retardant chemicals at levels above 1000 parts per million (1000 ppm). 

San Francisco Bans PFASs in Food Service Ware

On August 31, 2018, San Francisco approved Ordinance No. 201-18 which amends the city’s existing Environmental Code on single-use food ware plastics, toxic chemicals, and litter reduction. This regulation is meant to ban single-use food service ware containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). This regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2020.

City and County of San Francisco - New Ordinance

According to the new regulation, single-use articles such as bowls, plates, trays, cups, lids, straws, and utensils are required to be “fluorinated chemical free”. Accessories such as condiment packets, chopsticks, cup sleeves, napkins, stirrers, and toothpicks are also covered by the amendment. All the restaurants, food retailers, vendors, city contractors, and city departments shall comply with this regulation.

Latest Product Recalls August 2018

Download the latest product recalls to identify unsafe consumer products. Remember that safety recalls don’t expire, so check our news page regularly.

Consumer Product Recalls August 2018

HQTS is accredited to test against all major regulatory standards for the import of consumer goods.

You can rely on the expertise and technical resources of HQTS’ consumer product testing to help ensure your compliance with relevant regulations, as well as your own technical specifications.

With HQTS, you benefit from the skills and expertise of the industry’s foremost leaders, veteran engineers and award winning staff in our 80,000 sq ft laboratory, centrally located in Hangzhou, China. Whatever the scope or complexity of your project, you can count on the accuracy and reliability of HQTS with the most competitive pricing, fastest delivery times in the industry, and the support of a single point of contact for all your testing projects; this personalized approach has established us as one of the most respected labs in China.

Contact us to obtain additional information about how we can help you with your consumer product testing needs.

New York State to Expand BPA Ban to Substitution Chemicals

On July 24, 2018, New York State issued a bill to ban BPA substitution chemicals in children’s products. The bill would amend the “Bisphenol A-free Children and Babies Act” in the Environmental Conservation Law that prohibits the sale of children’s products containing BPA, and is scheduled to become effective on December 31, 2019.

The draft amendment includes the ban of the bisphenol-based substitutes bisphenol S (BPS, CAS 80-09-1), bisphenol F (BPF, CAS 620-92-8), bisphenol AP (BPAP, CAS 1571-75-1), bisphenol AF (BPAF, CAS 1478-61-1), bisphenol B (BPB, CAS 77-40-7), and bisphenol Z (BPZ, CAS 843-55-0).

BPA is used to make plastic hard, shatterproof and to extend the shelf life of canned food. It can leach out of products. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can negatively impact the body’s hormones, even potentially at very low levels. In both animal and human studies, the chemical has been linked to multiple health impacts in exposed babies and children, including obesity, asthma, low birth weights and genital defects. The bill was initiated after the publication of a study on BPA substitutes showing estrogenic effects of all six bisphenols in breast cancer cells.