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Consumer Products: Avoiding the Crossfire Between State and Federal Regulation

In recent years, state legislatures and regulatory agencies have taken a more active role in regulating consumer products as varied as light fixtures, mattresses, candy, jewelry, auto parts, toys, and antiperspirants. At the same time, federal agencies, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission...

California's Green Chemistry: The Regulations are Coming!

California is developing "Green Chemistry" regulations that could affect all businesses-including non-California companies-that make consumer products sold in the state as well as companies that manufacture chemicals used in those consumer products. In September 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger...

Scented consumer products emit over 100 different VOC's; some are carcinogenic

For those of us acquainted with researchers examining VOC exposure to individuals from scented consumer products (for example, at U.C. Berkeley and at U.C. Medical Center in San Francisco), it comes as no surprise that there is a bouquet of VOC's wafting into homes and work places. However, researchers...