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Norton Rose Fulbright: New California Consumer Products Legislation

By Will Troutman (US)

Last week marked the last chance for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto legislation the California Legislature passed this year. The legislation goes into effect January 1, 2016. Although it was a quiet year for consumer products, several of the new laws are significant. Here is a rundown of relevant bills Governor Brown signed:

AB 888 – Microbead Ban

  • Prohibits a person from selling or offering a personal care product containing plastic microbeads that are used to exfoliate or cleanse in a rinse-off product for promotional purposes on and after Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Contains exemption for product containing less than 1 part per million by weight of plastic microbeads.
  • Authorizes civil penalties of up to $2,500 per day per violation.

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