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The U.S. House of Representatives’ panel has approved a consolidated bill entitled “Safe and Non-Hazardous Children’s Products Act.”

The bill seeks to regulate the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of children’s products containing hazardous chemicals. The consolidated bill assigns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to monitor this.

Included among the hazardous chemicals used in the manufacture of children’s products are: Antimony; Arsenic; Cadmium; Chromium; Cobalt; Lead; Mercury; Nickel; as well as Phthalates, which include Di (2-Ethlyhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BBP), Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP), Diisodecyl Phthalate (DIDP), Di-N-Octyl Phthalate (DNOP) and Bisphenol-A (BPA).

This Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

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