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60 Day Notices for BPA in Shoes under California Proposition 65 

Apr. 19 2022

Recently several brands, retailers and manufacturers received 60 Day Notices for allegedly containing bisphenol A (BPA) in shoes. The shoes included in the notices are Women’s high heels.  Proposition 65 warning labels for the presence of BPA were not provided with these products when sold.  

The route of exposure for the chemical is dermal absorption directly through the skin when using, touching, or handling the shoes.  Also, there may be some exposure to the user/wearer by touching the shoes and subsequently touching their hand to mouth. 

BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. In addition, BPA and other bisphenols may be used dye-fixing agents for polyester and polyamide textiles. BPA can also be used in the production of flame retardants and in PVC production. 

Since there have not been any settlements or judgements in these cases, there is no known reformulation limit. 

Additional Information
As reported in Bureau Veritas Bulletin 21B-100 (October 2021), there have been several 60 Day Notices related to BPA in socks. 

How Does this Impact You? Contact Us to Discuss
By monitoring Proposition 65 actions, Bureau Veritas helps retailers and manufacturers take a proactive and comprehensive approach to compliance. We assist our clients in determining if listed Prop 65 chemicals are present in their products; identifying exposure routes and assessing the risk levels in items. We then help our clients to build in the appropriate requirements into their testing and quality assurance program on an ongoing basis. 

If you have any comments and/or questions, please contact your customer service representative or email: info@us.bureauveritas.com.

Related Update
•    60 Day Notices for BPA in Socks Under CA Proposition 65 (October 2021)

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