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Rhode Island Looks to Ban Use of Formaldehyde in Certain Children’s Products

April 20, 2015

The State of Rhode Island has introduced House Bill 5691 which would add Chapter 94: Formaldehyde Control to Title 23 of the General Laws. If passed, the bill would ban the use of formaldehyde in certain children’s products.

Beginning January 1, 2016, any manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer would be prohibited from selling or offering for sale a children's product that intentionally contains:

  • Formaldehyde, including formaldehyde contained in a solution; or
  • Intentionally added chemical ingredients that chemically degrade under normal conditions of temperature and pressure to release free formaldehyde at levels exceeding a de minimus level of five one-hundredths of one percent (0.05%)