In an article published on December 6, 2016 by the National Law Review, Leslie T. Krasny and Natalie E. Rainer from law firm Keller and Heckman LLP reported that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in California, U.S., has finalized the regulation regarding point-of-sale (POS) warnings for canned and bottled food and beverages where bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) has been intentionally added to the packaging. In May 2015, the state of California added BPA to the list of chemicals known to cause reproductive harm under Proposition 65 (Prop 65) (FPF reported). Under Prop 65, products containing BPA must carry a warning label addressing the chemical’s hazards. However, in early 2016, the OEHHA took emergency action and introduced a temporary uniform POS warning label for canned and bottled foods and beverages containing BPA in order to give manufacturers more time to comply with the Prop 65 rules (FPF reported). On December 2, 2016 the OEHHA ruled that POS warning labels will be permitted in retail stores until December 30, 2017. After this date, products are required to carry a “clear and reasonable warning” in accordance with the Prop 65 provisions. Also, manufacturers must report products where BPA is intentionally used in the packaging to the OEHHA by the end of 2016 for inclusion in an online database.
Leslie T. Krasny & Natalie E. Rainer (December 6, 2016). “California finalizes Proposition 65 rule regarding point-of- sale warnings for bisphenol a (BPA).” The National Law Review