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South Carolina Issues Bill to Prohibit Formaldehyde in Children’s Products

March 16, 2015

The State of South Carolina has introduced House Bill 3461 to prohibit the sale of children’s products containing formaldehyde. Under this bill, a child is defined as a person under the age of 18 years.

Beginning January 1, 2016, no manufacturer or wholesaler is allowed sell or offer for sale in this State a children's product that intentionally contains:

  • Formaldehyde, including formaldehyde contained in a solution
  • Ingredients that chemically degrade under normal conditions of temperature and pressure to release formaldehyde

Beginning January 1, 2017, no retailer is allowed to sell or offer for sale in this State a children's product that intentionally contains:

  • Formaldehyde, including formaldehyde contained in a solution
  • Ingredients that chemically degrade under normal conditions of temperature and pressure to release formaldehyde

The bill also specifies that formaldehyde shall not be replaced by chemicals that:

  • Harm the normal development of a fetus or child or cause other developmental toxicity;
  • Cause cancer, genetic damage, or reproductive harm;
  • Disrupt the endocrine or hormone system; or
  • Damage the nervous system, immune system, or organs, or cause other systemic toxicity

This bill would take effect upon the approval of the State Governor.

South Carolina House Bill 3461

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