EPA Announces Plans to Reexamine Particulate Matter Standards
EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, and real-time monitoring instruments to identify particulate matter from indoor and outdoor sources.
Cinnaminson, NJ, July 30th, 2021 In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was reconsidering the previous administration’s decision to retain the particulate matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which were last strengthened in 2012. The agency made the decision because it now believes available scientific evidence and technical information indicate that the current standards may not be adequate to protect public health and welfare, as required by the Clean Air Act. In the.......[Read More]
Hundreds of Playhouses Recalled Due to Phthalate Chemical Exposure Concerns
EMSL Analytical offers consumer product and material testing services for phthalates and other regulated substances.
Calgary, AB, July 29th, 2021 Last month, Health Canada announced the recall of hundreds of playhouses due to chemical exposure concerns. The playhouses, imported from China, have a piece of plastic in the middle of the roof ridge that contains DEHP more than allowable limits (>1000 mg/ kg) per Canada’s Phthalates Regulations. The affected products were sold from August of 2019 to March of this year. DEHP is a manufactured chemical that is commonly added to plastics to make them flexible. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease.......[Read More]
EPA Reaches Settlement with Home Renovation Company in Hawaii for Alleged Lead-Based Paint Violations
EMSL Analytical offers laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, and easy-to-use test kits to identify lead hazards from paint, dust, soil, and water samples.
Cinnaminson, NJ, July 28th, 2021 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last month that it had reached a settlement with a home renovation company in Hawaii for violations of federal lead-based paint regulations. Under the terms of the settlement, the firm has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in penalties for failing to comply with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule during various projects that took place in the state. The RRP Rule was created to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards that can.......[Read More]
Identifying Cyanotoxins and Other Harmful Algal Toxins
EMSL Analytical offers aquatic testing services and sampling supplies to identify microbial and chemical pollutants.
Miami, FL, July 27th, 2021 This past May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it would start a new study in Florida during the 2021 algal bloom season to assess the health effects of exposure to cyanotoxins in the air. Called the Cyanotoxins in Air Study (CAST), the study will look at exposures to cyanotoxins among people who live or work near the Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie River, Caloosahatchee River, and the Cape Coral Canals. According to the agency, previous research and personal reports show that people.......[Read More]
Food Company Recalls Over 80 Different Products Due to Listeria Contamination Concerns
EMSL Analytical provides food testing services to identify Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, and many other foodborne pathogens.
Cinnaminson, NJ, July 26th, 2021 Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published information about the voluntary recall of over 80 smoked fish, pickled fish, salads, and cream sauce products by a company out of New York. According to the recall announcement, the products were sold under various brand names to consumers, retailers, and distributors in several states across the country. The recall was initiated after the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination came to light after a routine FDA inspection found.......[Read More]
Identifying Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution from Kitchens
EMSL Analytical offers air testing services, sampling supplies, and air monitoring instruments to identify combustion gases, particulate matter, and organic chemicals produced during the cooking process.
Cinnaminson, NJ, July 22nd, 2021 Across the United States and Canada there are hundreds of thousands of restaurants and commercial kitchens. In people’s homes, the kitchen is the place where many families gather and spend time together. Unfortunately, in some instances, kitchens can also be a significant source of indoor air pollution if there is a lack of ventilation. Exhaust from restaurants and commercial kitchens can even cause outdoor air pollution issues in some urban environments. Exposure to elevated levels of these.......[Read More]