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Senate of the New York State has recently proposed1 an ACT to amend the Environmental Conversation Law2 regarding the toxic chemicals in pet products. The ACT shall enter into force on the 120th days after it have become a law.
No later than 180 days after the effective date, the state Department of Environmental Conservation would publish lists of priority chemicals and chemicals of high concern on their website, and work with health agency to have periodically review on the chemical lists. The sale of pet products containing priority chemicals that has been listed for at least one year is no longer be permitted starting from 1 January 2020.
“Priority chemical” means the following chemicals:
Tris (1, 3 dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (CAS no.13674-87-8)
Benzene (CAS no. 71-43-2)
Lead and its compounds (inorganic) (CAS no. 7439-92-1)
Mercury and its compounds (CAS no. 7439-97-6), including methyl mercury (CAS no. 22967-92-6)
Formaldehyde (CAS no. 50-00-0)
Antimony and antimony compounds (CAS no. 7440-36-0)
Arsenic and arsenic compounds (CAS no. 7440-38-2), including arsenic trioxide (CAS no. 1327-53-3) and dimethyl arsenic (CAS no. 75-60-5)
Cadmium (CAS no. 7440-43-9)
Cobalt and its compounds (CAS no. 7440-48-4)
Manufacturers who offers a pet product for sale or distribution in the state would be required to disclose the information of priority chemicals contained in their products within 12 months after the chemical is listed. The report should be submitted to the state Department of Environmental Conservation with the amount of chemical used, the potential harm to animal health and environmental, the intended purpose and exposures of the chemicals in the pet products. Manufacturers should also notify retailers and provide information regarding the toxicity of chemical.
Pet products are defined as products that are primarily intended or designed for use by domesticated animals such as toys, car seats, bedding, personal care and clothing. However, food or beverage, motor vehicles and second-hand products are not regulated by this ACT.