Common beverage & food element, 4-MEI, now on Prop 65 list

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 14, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), within the California Environmental Protection Agency, added 4-methylimidazole (commonly known as 4-MEI) to the list of chemicals “known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” (Proposition 65).  The listing of 4-MEI was effective January 7, 2011.

OEHHA’s listing of 4-MEI was based on formal identification by an authoritative body, the National Toxicology Program (NTP), that the chemical causes cancer.  The way this chemical was listed is unusual for OEHHA. They usually hold public hearings. The criteria they used for this listing can be found in Title 27, Cal. Code of Regs., Section 25306.

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