CERAMIC DECORATING: News from the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators
July 31, 2008
SGCD Announces Formation of Regulatory and Technical PanelThe Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) has
formed a new Regulatory and Technical Panel headed by former SGCD president
Paul Duffer, Ph.D., who recently retired from PPG Industries. Duffer brings
many years of technical expertise to the panel, which will also consist of
experts in the regulatory, testing and business management areas. The panel
will further strengthen the society’s position as the decorator’s resource.
CPSC Legislation to Affect Glass and Ceramic IndustriesThe industry is struggling to understand the meaning of
recently passed legislation in the U.S. House and Senate regarding use of lead
in children’s products. The Senate legislation calls for lead content of no
more than 300 ppm in children’s products for the next three years, then 100 ppm
thereafter. The Senate defines children as those seven years or younger.
Similar legislation has passed in the House,
but the threshold is 600 ppm for two years and then 300 ppm for two years,
after which it moves to 100 pm. The House defines a child as being 12 years or
younger. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has appointed conferees to negotiate
the final form of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Reform Act.
Glass or ceramic ware decorated with cartoon
motifs and other children’s themes would be affected by this legislation. The
standards would take effect one year after the bill is enacted. The bill does
include a whistle-blower provision protecting employees who report violations
from adverse treatment. This issue will be reported on in detail as the SGCD
receives notice of further developments.
Coca-Cola Finalizes Record Settlement in Prop 65 CaseThe Coca-Cola Co. and the California Attorney General have
finalized a $2 million settlement that includes the largest civil penalty in
Proposition 65 history. Finalized on April 29, the settlement includes
provisions whereby Coca-Cola will immediately shift to the use of unleaded
colors at its Mexico plants and phase out almost all existing refillable
bottles with lead-bearing decorations within five years.
In addition, 60% of Coca-Cola’s bottles
decorated with lead-bearing colors must be phased out by 2009, compared to a
seven-year phase-out period for PepsiCO, Dr. Pepper and 7-UP. Under the
agreement, Coca-Cola will pay $1.25 million in civil penalties and $600,000 to
fund private monitoring and medical efforts.
In other Prop 65 news, beverage distributor Real Soda in Real Bottles, Inc. won
a rare Proposition 65 case in a jury trial on March 25. The 10-2 verdict found
that warnings on the company’s invoices were clear and reasonable.
Jacobs to RetireRichard Jacobs has announced that he will retire from the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this year. Jacobs has long been
associated with the glass and ceramic industries and has worked closely with
the SGCD and other groups to develop industry standards for the use of lead-bearing
colors on food surface and lip and rim areas.
Decorators Seek Additional Sources of ProductionWith the situation in China changing daily, decorators and
manufacturers are increasingly looking to other Asian countries to remain
competitive. Wages in China have increased by 25% in the past year, and the
cost and instability of the country’s energy supply has put an additional
strain on producers.
Increasingly, decorators are turning to Thailand
as well as other Asian countries, to fill the void. The SGCD will continue to
follow these and other production issues that affect decorators and glass and
ceramic producers worldwide.
Pfaltzgraff Ware RecalledLifetime
Brands has announced the voluntary recall of its Villa della Luna and Nautica
patterns produced overseas. The announcement appears on the company’s website.
The ware was recalled because it may violate the FDA standard for lead and/or
cadmium release limits.
SGCD Creates New Member ClassThe SGCD has created a new class of membership for
decorators with 10 or fewer employees. Small decorators can now join the
society for $195 per year and will enjoy preferential rates at Deco ’09 in Las
Vegas, Nev. To qualify for this special class of membership, the primary business
of the company must be decorating. Prospective members can contact the SGCD at
(740) 588-9882 for details.