California

California seeks to remove toxins from consumer goods

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: California, toxic chemicals, consumer products

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Delicious
(NaturalNews) California is ripe for its share of disbelief and criticism over some offbeat policies and social mandates, but one thing that residents of the state are consistent about is their attempt to identify and rid themselves of harmful substances.

Regular readers of Natural News may recall that we supported Proposition 37, a California ballot measure that would have required labeling of GMO foods in the state. It ultimately failed, thanks to the millions of dollars spent by Big Ag and biotech giant Monsanto, which is the primary GMO culprit (though Monsanto is preparing to market new veggies it developed strictly through conventional crossbreeding).

(Read about our Prop 37 coverage here.)

But the larger point is this: Few other states take toxins as seriously as do Californians, it seems, so it's not surprising to learn that lawmakers there are preparing to take further steps to reduce toxins in a number of children's and consumer products.

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News:

California took steps to reduce the toxins found in children's sleeping products and home and building supplies [March 13], when regulators announced they would begin asking manufacturers to eliminate chemicals known to cause cancer and other illnesses.

In making the announcement, regulators with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control rolled out a program six years in the making -- the first of its kind in the nation -- that aims to minimize consumers' exposure to toxic chemicals.


Big win for environmentalists and consumers alike

"I can't even tell you what a big deal this is," Kathleen Curtis, the national coordinator for the Alliance for Toxic-Free Fire Safety, told the paper. "It's huge, and it's a super smart strategic move by the state of California."

State officials have developed a priority list of chemicals that they either want reduced or eliminated altogether from a number of products used by Californians: children's bedding items (like sleeping mats); paint strippers, removers and surface cleaners; and spray foams that are used to weatherize buildings and homes.

(Find out what common household chemicals are harmful enough to cause birth defects here.)

The state deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, Meredith Williams, told the paper that California's message to manufacturers is this: If you want to sell your wares in the state, you have to make safer products. Otherwise, risk being banned from the state with the country's biggest economy.

As you might expect, the announcement is a big win for environmental advocates who have been pushing for regulations mandating removal of toxins from products for years, especially those added as flame retardants. Studies demonstrate that some of the flame retardants blended into products don't actually do much to reduce fires; some have even been linked to remarkable health problems and risks.

Potential nationwide effect

One of the most widely used is a chemical called TDCPP, and -- under Safer Consumer Products regulations -- California will put pressure on its manufacturers to take it out of toddler nap mats, playpens, bassinets, cots and cribs.

Advocates note that the new requirements will pressure furniture and mattress makers to remove such chemicals from their products. And they see the California regs as having an effect nationwide.

"It will have a ripple effect though the larger industry," said Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy for the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund. "It's a brilliant one-two punch."

Consumers, obviously, win too.

The National Research Council has demonstrated that TDCPP, which is commonly referred to as Tris, is a potential carcinogen linked to cancer in rats. It is on the state's Proposition 65 list of substances known to cause cancer.

A chemical that is nearly identical was banned from being included in children's pajamas in the 1970s, when health regulators first became concerned about its carcinogenic traits.

"You don't keel over dead, no, but years later, you can't have children or your kid has cancer," Curtis said.

Sources:

http://www.mercurynews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.