House Approves Partial Preemption of Proposition 65 (3/10/06)
If enacted, H.R. 4167 would prevent California enforcement of Proposition 65 warning requirements for food and food packaging that differed from FDA requirements unless the agency were to formally approve of the warnings. As approved by the House, this bill would apply to all food packages, including glass bottles. The bill must now be introduced and passed by the Senate before it can be submitted to the President for approval. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the leading industry group supporting this legislation, which is opposed by the Attorney General of California, some food-safety officials and consumer activists. The Society of Glass & Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) is working with legislators and the GMA coalition to support the legislation.
For more information, visit www.uniformityforfood.org or contact Andy Bopp, SGCD's director of public affairs, at (703) 838-2810.