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RAPEX 2017 Annual Report – More Than 2000 Alerts Last Year
Mar 26, 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Food, Electrical Medical Devices, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The 2017 RAPEX Annual Report shows stabilization in the number of notifications and member state follow-up actions. The challenge now is to ensure that products sold online also meet European safety requirements.
EU Proposes New REACH Annex XVII Restriction on Textile and Footwear Products
Mar 26, 2018 Softlines
In February 2018, the European Commission (EC) proposed to amend Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) through the World Trade Organization (WTO) notifications, to add a new restriction on hazardous substances (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMRs) category 1A or 1B) in clothing, other textiles and footwear.
China Releases New Standards for Men’s suits and Coats– GB/T 2664-2017 and Women’s Suits and Coats– GB/T 2665-2017
Mar 19, 2018 Softlines
China has issued a revised version of its national standard for Men’s suits and coats– GB/T 2664-2017 and Women’s suits and coats– GB/T 2665-2017. The revised standard will become effective on July 1, 2018.
US Legislation Update: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
Mar 19, 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food, Electrical and Electronics
A number of states in the US have introduced bills to restrict certain flame retardants in consumer products. The scope of products and types of flame retardant are jurisdiction dependent.
EU to Amend Maximum Residue Levels for Pesticides in Certain Products
Mar 15, 2018 Food
On January 16, 2018, the European Union announced three Commission Regulations amending Annexes II, III and IV to Directive 2005/396/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to MRLs for pesticide in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.
US Additional Guidance Documents to New Nutritional Facts Panel
Mar 09, 2018 Food
The US FDA finalized four guidance documents and issued one draft guidance document regarding the new nutrition facts panel and labeling. The draft relates to the declaration of added sugars for honey, maple syrup and certain cranberry products.
US FDA Issues 2017 Food Code
Mar 08, 2018 Food
On February 12, 2018, the US FDA published its 2017 food code. The FDA food Code is a model code to help assure food safety at US retailers, vending and food service operations and by regulatory agencies can assure compliance to a common set of standards.
US FDA Announces Sampling Program for Fresh Herbs, Guacamole and Processed Avocados for Pathogens
Mar 08, 2018 Food
The US FDA announced has a large-scale sampling and testing program of fresh cilantro, parsley, basil, processed avocados/guacamole. 1600 samples of each item will be tested for Cyclospora, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Shiga-toxin producing E. coli