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Malaysia sets metal migration limits for ceramics

Notification to World Trade Organization (WTO) expands regulations to cover ceramic cooking ware, sets migration limits of 0.5 mg/L for lead and 0.05 mg/L for cadmium

Israel enforces lead and cadmium limits

Notification sent to World Trade Organization informs of imposing mandatory limits for lead and cadmium in glass or porcelain enameled metalware food contact materials

Colombia regulates heavy metals in glass, ceramics

Colombian health ministry publishes emergency technical regulation setting migration limits for lead and cadmium in food contact glass and ceramics; new limits effective until July 2020

California adjusts metal limits in recycled glass

State legislative bodies pass bill raising combined limit of four heavy metals in recycled glass packaging from 100 to 200 ppm temporarily; State’s governor vetoes bill, permitted levels set to remain at 100 ppm

Cadmium in decorated glassware

Review of cadmium pigments in consumer products; food-contact relevant sources include small quantities in recycled plastics, high use in ceramic products, main exposure risk from decorative paint used on drinkware

Metals in paints on chopsticks

Scientists investigate metals in paints on chopsticks; total concentrations variable with some high values reported, resulting in ‘unacceptable’ health risks for exposure due to incidental paint ingestion or metal migration into food

Hazardous chemicals in black plastic food containers

New study detects bromine and heavy metals in black plastic food contact items; recycling of black plastic electronic waste into sensitive consumer goods discussed as source of hazardous chemicals

Mineral oils and heavy metals in dark chocolate

Danish consumer council finds cadmium, lead, mineral oils, polyaromatic hydrocarbons in dark chocolate; 5 of 12 tested brands with elevated levels

Heavy metals in color printed glasses

Czech environmental organization finds high levels of lead and cadmium in color printing of drinking glasses

U.S. state senate kills new priority chemicals bill

Maine Senate votes to reject bill listing potential priority chemicals, bill considered a sham by Environmental Health groups and Democrats

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