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China – Update of the Textile Standard for Knitted Sweater Workmanship
19 May 2017 Softlines
Textile standard FZ/T 73010-2016 Knitted Sweater Workmanship has been approved and issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China. The standard was implemented on April 1, 2017. This updated version is based on and replaces FZ/T 73010-2008 Knitted Sweater Workmanship. The standard is used to identify the quality of workmanship in knitted sweaters made of, blended or interlaced with cotton, bast fibers, silk and chemical fibers. It is not applicable to infant clothing below 36 months.
Australia Revises Children’s Nightwear Safety Standard
15 May 2017 Softlines
In April 2017, the Minister for Small Business in Australia updated the safety standard for children’s nightwear – Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Safety Standard 2017 and announced the adoption of the revision of Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014.
New European Standard for Aromatic Amines Derived from Azo Colorants Released
12 May 2017 Softlines
The new European standard methods for determining restricted aromatic amines derived from azo colorants in textiles have been updated and were published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on February 2017. EN 14362-1/3:2017 supersedes existing standards published in 2012 and describes improvements in analytical procedures and provides guidance on interpreting results.
US EPA Establishes Tolerance Levels of Deltamethrin for Oranges and Citrus Foods
11 May 2017 Food
Regulation 40 CFR 180.435 has been amended in order to establish tolerance levels for Deltamethrin in or on oranges, dried pulp and citrus oil. It entered into force on April 20, 2017. Objections and requests for hearing must be received before June 19, 2017.
Malaysia Updates Food Contact Ceramics: Limits for Cadmium Migration
10 May 2017 Hardgoods, Food
Malaysia has recently amended migration limits for cadmium in food contact ceramics to become less stringent. The new law took effect on April 15, 2017. The authorities also announced a three month grace period before restoring enforcement actions for consignments that are already being imported.
US State of Maine Designates Two Flame Retardants for Reporting in Certain Children’s Products
08 May 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods, Food, Electrical and Electronics
The US state of Maine has expanded its list of priority chemicals by adding two new flame retardants for disclosure in certain children’s products. The new rule became effective on March 4, 2017.
China – National standard <Shanks for Footwear> was transformed from a mandatory standard to a voluntary standard
05 May 2017 Softlines
According to the No.7 Chinese national standard announcement in 2017, national standard
was transformed from a mandatory standard to a voluntary standard on March 23, 2017. The standard code was transformed from GB 28011-2011 to GB/T 28011-2011.