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J&J, Retailers Hit With Prop 65 Suit Over Talc

Prop 65 Counsel: What To Know

J&J, Retailers Hit With Prop 65 Suit Over Talc

Law 360

Johnson & Johnson Co., Bausch Health Co., Target, Walgreen Co. and a slew of other companies have been hit with a suit alleging they're violating a controversial California law by not including labels on talcum products warning consumers those products can cause cancer.

In a lengthy complaint filed Wednesday, Golden State resident Jan Graham said some of the largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the country, as well as some of the nation's largest pharmacy and retail chains, are in clear violation of a California law known as Proposition 65.

Among other things, that statute requires businesses of all kinds to put cancer warnings on their products if their ingredients might expose customers to known carcinogens.

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Side Effect of Long Commutes: Car Seat Carcinogens

CBS News

Long commutes have been linked with higher stress and lower productivity, but now there's another issue for workers to worry about: Potential exposure to cancerous chemicals from their car seats. 

People with longer commutes have higher exposure to a chemical flame retardant that's used in car seats, according to a new study from the University of California at Riverside and Duke University published in the science periodical Environment International. 

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Prop 65 Headaches: Tylenol, Theraflu, Other Acetaminophen Products May Soon Carry Cancer Warnings

Northern California Record

The state of California will soon be weighing whether to list acetaminophen, one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs, as a carcinogen under the state’s Proposition 65.

Acetaminophen has been used to treat pain and fevers and has been available without prescription in the U.S. since 1955. It is found in more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications for adults and children, including Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels, Cepacol, Dayquil, Excedrin, Midol, Nyquil, Robitussin Singlet, Sudafed, Theraflu, Tylenol, Vanquish and Vicks, according to

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will conduct a hearing on the matter during the spring after the public comment period closed Jan. 27.

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California Selects Nail Products Containing MMA for Priority Product List


California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has proposed listing nail products containing methyl methacrylate (MMA) as its latest Priority Product under its Safer Consumer Products regulation.

DTSC has gone after nail products before–nail products with toluene are already a proposed Priority Product awaiting adoption by the California Legislature.  

If the newest proposal is adopted, responsible parties will need to remove impacted products from sale in California or undertake an alternatives analysis in order to continue selling in California.

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OEHHA Notices & Announcements

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings Sections 25602, 25607, 25607.1, and 25607.3

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposes to amend Title 27, California Code of Regulations, sections 25602, 25607, 25607.1, and 25607.3 to clarify certain provisions of the regulations addressing consumer product exposure warnings, specific product, chemical and area exposure warnings, food exposure warnings, and alcoholic beverage exposure warnings.[1]

OEHHA adopted the new Article 6 of Title 27, California Code of Regulations, Section 25600 et seq. in August 2016 and has since adopted several amendments to the regulations to clarify and make specific certain provisions of Article 6.

This rulemaking proposes additional clarifying changes to Section 25602(a), (a)(2), (b) and (c), Section 25607(a) - (d), Section 25607.1(a) and Section 25607.3(a), (a)(1)-(4) and (b). 

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