State proposes rules for reporting chemicals in kids’ products

10/27 Associated Press  –PHUONG LE; The Associated Press

Manufacturers of children’s products would be required to report whether toys, cosmetics, jewelry, apparel and other items contain certain harmful chemicals, under new rules proposed by Washington state.

Officials have come up with a list of 59 chemicals that would trigger reporting to the state. The list includes cadmium, formaldehyde, benzene and bisphenol A.

Manufacturers of products intended for sale in Washington would report how much of the chemicals are in their products and how they are being used, such as to kill germs or harden plastics. The rules also would apply to retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that directly import products into the United States.

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