New bill targets recalled products

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 7, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 1860 (Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael), newly introduced, will target the sale of manufactured goods that fit the bill’s broad definition of "unsafe product," including those recalled. In some cases, the bill applies to "repair, replacement, or refund" programs.

In the wake of a number of high-profile product recalls in 2007, the author became concerned that, in some cases, products were still being sold long after the recall was issued. Second-hand stores and internet auction sites are among the sources of such sales, according to the author.

The bill prohibits the sale of, and dictates the disposal of, such products.  Manufacturers would be required to certify disposal compliance.  The bill also requires manufacturers to establish a notification system when recalling products.  Stiff fines would be imposed on those who sell recalled products.

Currently, recalls by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission are voluntary and do not require retailers to remove products from store shelves. In other cases, companies often voluntarily recall their own products due to an abundance of caution or to prevent the unintended consequences of that product.

The definition of "product" in the bill allows for an exemption for "any medication, drug, or food, or other item intended to be ingested."

AB 1860 will be eligible for its first policy hearing in the Assembly on March 1st.  For more information on the bill or to share any concerns or feedback you may have, please contact Matt Sutton at msutton@cmta.net.

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