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Apr. 2 – Prop 65: Exposures to Listed Chemicals in Foods

Two notices from the OEHHA. First: Proposition 65 Regulatory Update Project Warnings For Exposures To Listed Chemicals In Foods:

Many interested parties have requested that OEHHA provide more guidance concerning acceptable methods for providing warnings to consumers for exposures to listed chemicals in foods purchased at retail stores. The specific guidance currently provided by regulations concerning the range of possible options for providing Proposition 65 warnings for exposures from foods in the retail context are very limited. In addition, guidance may be needed concerning the content of any required warning (i.e. what additional information may be provided and in what format that would still be considered “clear and reasonable” under the Act)….

On March 14, 2008 [there was] an informal public workshop for the purpose of discussing the issues and gathering input from interested parties concerning this potential regulatory action.

[Interested parties could] submit their ideas on this potential regulation by 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2008 in order for the comment to be considered at this point in the process.

Details from the workshop and all the comments are available from the OEHHA at the following links:

Second: Proposition 65 Stakeholder Group, Exposures to Listed Chemicals in Foods:

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is currently beginning the process of drafting possible regulatory language addressing the methods of delivery and content of warnings for exposures to listed chemicals in foods. There have been requests that a stakeholder group be created to assist in formulating this language. OEHHA is soliciting participation in a stakeholder workgroup.

OEHHA has determined that there are several stakeholder groups that would most likely be affected by this proposed regulatory action including:

  1. Food Manufacturers
  2. Large Grocery Retailers
  3. Small Grocery Retailers
  4. Environmental Groups
  5. Private Proposition 65 Enforcement Groups
  6. Public Prosecutors (AG/DA)

Volunteers representing these groups are invited to participate in the workgroup…

Persons interested in participating on the OEHHA workgroup should notify OEHHA by close of business on Friday, April 18, 2008.

For more information about this initiative please click on the above links.

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