Chemicals and Consumer Products – July 26, 2013 Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls

The following consumer products were recalled between July 12th – July 26th due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in the United States, Canada or Europe:

US

None

Canada

None

Europe

The product “Beer bath oil” was withdrawn from the market and banned from product marketing due to a high content of surfactants which, if swallowed, can be toxic. Due to its characteristic form, appearance and packaging, consumers may mistake the product for foodstuffs and therefore swallow the liquid. This product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

For more details, please see number 2 in the following table.

The toys “Lovely baby”, “Dinosaurs”, “Smart set”, “Lovely girl”, “Jolina”, and “Drivabolagen” were rejected for import at the border and/or withdrawn from the market due to the presence of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and diisononyl phthalate (DINP). According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 3, 6, 7, 8, 15, and 38 in the following table.

The products “Unknown” babies’ shoes, “Unknown” ladies’ shoes, and “Unknown” leather riding gloves were recalled from the end users, withdrawn from the market and/or banned from product marketing due to the presence of chromium (VI). Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions. The products do not comply with the relevant national regulations.

For more details, please see numbers 4, 10, 12, 16, 27, and 43 in the following table, as well as numbers 8 and 18 in the following table.

The products “Unknown” scarves were withdrawn from the market due to the presence of azo dyes releasing 3,3-dimethoxybenzidine in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see numbers 13 and 14 in the following table

The product “Unknown” child’s bib was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of azo dyes releasing the carcinogenic amine 4-aminoazobenzene in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 26 in the following table.

The product “Super glue mocny” was banned from product marketing due to the presence of chloroform above the permitted levels. This product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 28 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Chemicals and Consumer Products – July 12, 2013 Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls

The following consumer products were recalled between June 14th – July 12th due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in the United States, Canada or Europe:

US

The product “Paddywax fragrance diffusers” was recalled due to the lack of mandatory labelling identifying the presence of petroleum distillates which violates the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). Petroleum distillates pose an aspiration hazard if swallowed.

For more details, please see the following link.

Canada

None

Europe

The toys “Gamez, 35 scoubidous, 80 cm”, “Unknown” squeeze toy, “Fashion doll”, “Happy time”, “My baby”, “Lovely Girl”, “New Holland Agriculture”, “Utklaedningssaet/Kostym (Police costume)”, “Baby & Bathtub”, “Unknown” pirate slap-on bracelet, and “Mini Series Toys” were banned from product marketing, withdrawn from the market, and/or recalled from end users due to the presence of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-butyl phthalate (DBP). According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 47 and 51 in the following table, numbers 13, 14, and 16 in the following table, number 9 in the following table, as well as numbers 8, 22 - 25 in the following table.

The product “G440 Perfekt” was banned from product marketing due to the lack of required warnings and safety information from the labelling. This could lead to misuse of the product and in consequence accidents could occur. The product does not comply with the Annex VI of the Directive 67/548/EE, with Directive 1999/45/EC and Regulation (EC) 648/2004.

For more details, please see number 15 in the following table.

The product “HP3 high fluoro liquid” was withdrawn from product marketing and recalled from end users due to the presence of alicyclic and aliphatic hydrocarbons which are harmful by inhalation, and a lack of required labeling. The product does not comply with the Dangerous Substances Directive and the Dangerous Preparations Directive.

For more details, please see number 27 in the following table.

The product “Super glue” was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of chloroform. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 18 in the following table.

The products “D – Moccassins model 3” and “Unknown” ladies’ shoes were banned from product marketing and/or withdrawn from the market due to the presence of chromium (VI). Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions. The products do not comply with the relevant national regulations.

For more details, please see number 19 in the following table, as well as number 35, 36, 41 – 43, and 51 in the following table.

The product “Steering wheel cover – Coprivolante” was banned from product marketing due to the presence of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and naphthalene derivatives including naphtalene, benzothiazole, crinoline, acenaphthene, dibenzofuran, anthracene and others which can be released from the product. Cancerous effects, genotoxic properties, and harmful effects as a result of ingestion, inhalation and contact have been attributed to these substances.

For more details, please see number 23 in the following table .

The product “Unknown” thermos flask was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of asbestos fibres. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 44 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Our Calgary Office is growing and we are looking for staff at all levels.

There are currently multiple job openings in our Calgary Environmental office.  Our Calgary Office is growing and we are looking for staff at all levels. For more details please follow the link.

Chemicals and Consumer Products – June 14, 2013 Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls

The following consumer products were recalled between May 31st – June 14th  due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in the United States, Canada or Europe:

US

None

Canada

The products “PURELIVING reed diffusers” were recalled due to the lack of mandatory labelling for irritant products as required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001.

For more details, please see the following link.

Europe

The toys “Lovely girl”, “Stationary set”, “The Mini Mermaids”, “Snorkelling Set”, and “Unknown” toy doll were banned from product marketing and/or withdrawn from the market due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), and/or diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).  According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 22 and 25 in the following table, as well as numbers 9, 19, and 20 in the following table.

The products “Trotta” protective boots, leather jacket (unknown name), and protective shoes (unknown name), were rejected at the border for import and/or withdrawn  from the market due to the presence of chromium (VI).  Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions.

For more details, please see numbers 9, 28, and 30 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information

Chemicals and Consumer Products – May 31, 2013 Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls

The following consumer products were recalled between May 17th – May 31st due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in the United States, Canada or Europe:

US

None

Canada

The product “Dog and cat heating and cooling mats” was recalled due to the presence of diethylene glycol.  This potentially dangerous chemical can be released from the mat if it is damaged and can cause illness to both pets and children if ingested.

For more details, please see the following link.

Europe

The products “Decorative wall sticker” and “Table mat” were rejected at the border for import due to the presence of cadmium in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations.

For more details, please see numbers 2 and 16 in the following table.

The toys “Angry birds”, “Express yourself figure”, “Sporting Toys”, and decorative strings (unknown name) were banned from product marketing, rejected at the border for import and/or withdrawn from the market due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).  According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 12 and 13 in the following table, as well as numbers 12 and 15 in the following table

The toy “Felt-tip pens” was banned from product marketing and withdrawn from the market due to the presence of benzene in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulation.

For more details, please see number 17 in the following table.

The product, leather jacket (unknown name), was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of Chromium (VI).  Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions.

For more details, please see number 22 in the following table.

The products, earring and necklace (unknown name) and earrings (unknown name), were rejected at the border for import due to the presence of nickel in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations.

For more details, please see numbers 9 and 21 in the following table.

The product, women’s footwear (unknown name), was rejected at the border for import due to the presence of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in excess of the limit outlined in the national standard UNE 59950.

For more details, please see number 16 in the following table.

The product, bag (unknown name), was withdrawn from the market, recalled from end users, and destroyed due to the presence of  banned azocolourants.  The product releases 4-methyl-m-phenylendiamine in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations.

For more details, please see number 18 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Intrinsik authors publish a new paper titled: “Estimating the Toxicity of Pesticide Mixtures to Aquatic Organisms: A Review” in the next edition of the journal Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.

The review paper, authored by Sara Rodney, Scott Teed, and Dr. Dwayne Moore provides an overview of recent research on pesticide mixture toxicity to aquatic biota and the methods employed to predict effects. If you would like to discuss the paper or any issues related to pesticides and the environment, please feel free to contact one of the authors here at Intrinsik.

You can access the paper here

Chemicals and Consumer Products – May 17, 2013 Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls

The following consumer products were recalled between May 3rd – May 17th due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in the United States, Canada or Europe:

US

None

Canada

The products “Orient brushes” and “Fill Your Own Panda Play Stainless Steel Food Containers” were recalled due to the presence of lead in excess of the allowable limit. Lead is toxic to children at low exposure levels and has been shown to have the potential to cause intellectual and behavioural deficits in children.

For more details, please see the following link and link.

Europe

The toys “Modern Girl, Pretty Girls”, “Soft Racer”, “Nail Art Beds Set”, “Design Nails Nail Art. Beautiful Nails of Charming Ladies”, “Gelpens Glitter”, and “Oval Star” were withdrawn from the market and/or recalled from end users due to the presence of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and/or di-“isobutyl” phthalate (DIBP). According to the REACH Regulations, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 5, 6, 18, and 19 in the following table, as well as numbers 6 and 7 in the following table

The toy “Beauty Dollys” was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) as well as azo dyes. According to the REACH Regulations, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children. 

For more details, please see number 8 in the following table.

The product, earrings and necklace (name unknown), was rejected at the border for import due to the presence of cadmium in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations.

For more details, please see number 1 in the following table.

The product, women’s shoes and sandals (name unknown), was rejected at the border for import due to the presence of pentachlorophenol in excess of the national standard UNE 59950.

For more details, please see number 4 in the following table

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Chemicals and Consumer Products – May 3, 2013 Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls

The following consumer products were recalled between April 22nd – May 3rd due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in the United States, Canada or Europe:

US

None

Canada

The product “Plastic Balloons” were recalled as children’s balloon blowing kits are prohibited for sale in Canada.  These kits may expose a child to inhalation of vapors of any solvents present, thus posing a safety concern to child

For more details, please see the following link.

The product “Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Maker” was recalled due to the potential of lead leaching from a component of the product.  Lead is toxic to children at low exposure levels and has been shown to have the potential to cause intellectual and behavioural deficits in children. 

For more details, please see the following link.

Europe

Children’s sandals, ladies shoes, “Leder Mini Bikini Extreme Passions” and “Kinder Leder Boots” were withdrawn from the market, rejected at the border for import and/or banned from product marketing due to the presence of chromium (VI). Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions.

For more details, please see number 2 and 17 in the following table, as well as number 28 and 29 in the following table.

The toys “Kul med Scrapbooking”, a set of two plastic figures, “Pirate set”, “Toy series of happy garden”, a plastic doll and plastic ducks  were withdrawn from the market and/or banned from product marketing due to the presence of  di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), di-“isobutyl” phthalate (DIBP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and/or  diisononyl phthalate (DINP). According to the REACH Regulations, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see number 15 in the following table, as well as number 1, 2, 4, 7 and 27 in the following table.

Children’s trousers was withdrawn from the market and banned from product marketing due to the potential release of nickel in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations. 

For more details, please see number 26 in the following table

The products “100% Pflanzen Haarfarbe” and “Henna black, Henna gold, Henna blond, Henna coppery red” were withdrawn from the market due to the presence of mesophilic aerobic microorganisms. The products pose a serious microbiological risk for consumers.

For more details, please see number 6 and 11 in the following table.

The product, notebook was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of cadmium in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations.

For more details, please see number 35 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

The US National Academy of Sciences recently released a scientific panel report April 30, 2013 titled “ Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides”.

The US National Academy of Sciences recently released a scientific panel report April 30, 2013 titled “ Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides”. This report is focused on ecological risk assessment and is likely to have a significant impact on how pesticides are evaluated in the future in the US and Canada. It also has implications beyond Threatened and Endangered Species.

You can download the full report here.

If you would like to discuss these implications, feel free to contact one of our pesticide experts (Dr. Dwayne Moore, Scott Teed, Roger Breton, Dr. Loren Knopper) for more information. 

Chemicals and Consumer Products - Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls. April 19, 2013

US

None

Canada

The products “Better Living Designs Reed Diffuser – Green Apple” and “Hillhouse Naturals Reed Diffuser Oils” were recalled due to the absence of the mandatory labelling as required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001. The containers lacked the symbol and warnings required for toxic, flammable, and/or irritant products.

For more details, please see the following link. 

Europe

The toys “Beautiful Fashionable Shopping”, “Piccolo Mondo”, “Dreamy Coach”, “Ginni family”, and “Pacioccotti profumini” were “rejected at border for import” and/or “banned from product marketing” due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 5, 29, 34, 35, and 37 in the following table.

The product “Cold Patch” was “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of benzene and toluene. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 9 in the following table.

The product “Cyjanoban Me” was “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of chloroform. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 27 in the following table.

The products “Fahrhandschuhe Pferdesport (Driving gloves for equestrian sports)”, “Naturana”, “Unknown” ice skates, and “Burrone Gloves” were “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of Chromium (VI). Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions.

For more details, please see numbers 4 and 5 in the following table and numbers 2 and 5 in the following table.

The product “Unknown” trousers was “banned from product marketing” and “recalled from end users” due to the presence of azo dyes releasing the aromatic amine benzidine in the black textile. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 6 in the following table.

The products “Beauty Fashion Star” plastic doll, “Unknown” toy gun shooting set, “Police Prowess”, “Girls Fashion” doll, “Devil” dolls, “Toppoint” school pencils, “Art Nail”, “Artificial Nails”, “Art Nails”, “Fiore Fashion Collection” nail art, “Design Nail”, “My Mood” doll, and “Modern Girl Beauty Collection” plastic doll were “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 7 and 17 in the following table; numbers 9, 16, 18, and 23 from the following table; and numbers 7-10, 13, 16-17 in the following table.

The product “Unknown” shoes, by multiple brands, were “banned from the market” due to the presence of nickel. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see numbers 3-5 in the following table.

The jewellery “Gold dollar pendant” was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of cadmium. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 20 in the following table.

The product “Unknown” T-shirt was withdrawn from the market” and “banned from product marketing” due to the presence of azo dyes releasing the aromatic amine benzidine in the blue textile. The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 23 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.