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OTC Drug Manufacturers: Keep Your Eyes and Ears on Congress

Posted in Drugs & Cosmetics, Federal Regulations, Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Congress

As we previously blogged about in mid-2016, Food and Drug Administration officials have been exploring and pushing for the creation of a new user fee program to support its regulatory activities related to over-the-counter (OTC, also known as nonprescription) drug products. In June of 2016, the Agency held a public meeting to solicit stakeholder feedback on… Continue Reading

Legislative Action to Remove Microbeads from Personal Care Products Intensifies

Posted in Drugs & Cosmetics, Federal Regulations, Manufacturer Product Safety, State Consumer Protection Laws, State Regulations, U.S. Congress

The International Campaign Against Microbeads in Cosmetics is most likely celebrating this week, following the California State Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products after January 1, 2020.  The bill, AB 888, now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.  Although several states already… Continue Reading

A Clean Slate? California Bill Is Latest Attempt to Legislate Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products

Posted in State Consumer Protection Laws, State Regulations, U.S. Congress

Another potentially meaningful development in legislation affecting consumer products companies: on February 25, a California legislator introduced a bill, AB 708, that would require manufacturers, distributors and retailers to disclose all “chemical” ingredients for designated consumer products “manufactured from chemicals or chemical compounds.” The bill designates a broad swath of consumer goods for disclosure, from cleaning products and floor polishes to… Continue Reading

Vermont Doubles Down: Representative Testifies Before Congress Against Federal GMO Labeling Bill

Posted in Advertising, Federal Regulations, Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Food and Beverage, State Consumer Protection Laws, State Regulations, U.S. Congress

As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432), this bill would give FDA exclusive authority to regulate the labeling of… Continue Reading

Are Airbnb Hosts Regulated by the CPSC? Short-Term Rental Properties May Require Compliance with Pool & Spa Safety Laws

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Federal Regulations, U.S. Congress

In the wake of the tragic drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The legislation was sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and it mandates safety requirements for pool drainage… Continue Reading

Will Feds Step Onto the GMO Playing Field?

Posted in CPSC Civil Penalties, Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Food and Beverage, Retailer Product Safety, State Consumer Protection Laws, State Regulations

In January and April, this space took a look at the growing patchwork of state proposals for regulating the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). As posited here in April, the recent surge in such bills raises a serious question as to whether any individual state—especially one, like Vermont, that accounts for less than 0.01%… Continue Reading