As the leader in food safety, FoodHandler is to complete a national change-over from DINP to Non-DINP Plasticizer. The state of California has included DINP as a cancer-causing carcinogen on the Proposition 65 list. By California Proposition 65 law, any items containing DINP chemical must either have the chemical replaced or have a Proposition 65 warning label by December 20, 2014.
What is Prop 65?
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known by the state to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about the listed chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals.
Which FoodHandler products does it affect?
- oneSAFE™ Vinyl Gloves PF (4/200)
- Contact™ Vinyl Gloves LP & PF (10/100, 4/100)
- FoodHandler® Classic Vinyl Gloves LP & PF (10/100, 4/100)
- FoodHandler® Classic Blue Vinyl Gloves PF (10/100)
- JobSelect® Vinyl Gloves LP & PF (10/100, 4/100)
- TekNique® Synthetic Vinyl Gloves LP & PF (4/100)
- FoodHandler® Aloe Synthetic Vinyl Gloves PF (4/100)
- JobSelect® Synthetic Vinyl Gloves LP & PF (10/100)
- MedHandler® Vinyl Exam-Grade Gloves PF (10/100)
- MedHandler® Synthetic Vinyl Exam-Grade Gloves PF (10/100)
- JobSelect® Orange Vinyl Cleaning Gloves PF (4/12)
What is FoodHandler doing to change the formulation?
FoodHandler’s strategy to move to non-DINP plasticizers for all vinyl gloves nationally reinforces our position as food safety leaders in the market. The next steps include:
- Substituting the DINP chemical with DOTP, which is a plasticizer that is not present on the Prop 65 chemical list.
- DOTP (Dioctyl Terephthalate) is a plasticizer that is compliant with the California Prop 65.
- FoodHandler will be using DOTP going forward in the production of all vinyl gloves sold to the entire United States, not just California, to reinforce our position as food safety leaders in the market.
- There will be a short period of time when FoodHandler will sticker the remaining DINP product with warning labels to comply with Proposition 65.