According to an article published on March 13, 2014 by the Contra Costa Times, the U.S. California Department of Toxic Substances launched a program to remove chemicals known to cause diseases from consumer products on the same day. The program requires manufacturers to eliminate tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP, CAS 13674-87-8), diisocyanates and methylene chloride (CAS 75-09-2) from their products. The flame retardant TDCPP used in toys and children’s bedding items has been linked to cancer and is listed on California’s Proposition 65. Diisocyanates are found in spray polyurethane foam and has been associated with lung damage, asthma, cancer and respiratory ailments. The carcinogen methylene chloride is used in paint removers and surface cleaners. According to Meredith Williams, deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, California aims to send manufacturers the message that products to be sold in California must be safe and that they otherwise face the risk of being banned from the largest market in the U.S.. Health advocates have long sought to remove flame retardants from products such as furniture, insulation and children’s bedding items. The program is expected to have an effect on the larger industry.
Heather Somerville (March 13, 2014). “California seeks to remove toxic chemicals from consumer goods.” Contra Costa Times.