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Possible Ban on Products with Flame Retardant to be Discussed at CPSC Meeting

Thursday, December 03, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold an open meeting Dec. 9 in Bethesda, Md., regarding a petition requesting that the CPSC initiate a rulemaking under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act to declare several categories of products containing additive organohalogen flame retardants to be banned hazardous substances. The petitioners assert that additive organohalogen flame retardants are inherently toxic but are used extensively in consumer products such as children’s toys and child care articles, upholstered furniture, mattresses and mattress pads, and plastic casing of certain electronic devices. They further state that a ban must apply to the entire class of additive organohalogen flame retardants and that any action short of a ban would not adequately protect public health and safety.

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