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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 3, 1977
|Release # 77-044|
Tris Ban Extended
WSHINGTON, D.C. (May 3) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
today expanded its ban on Tris-treated children's garments to include the chemical
Tris, as well as fabric, yarn and fiber containing Tris, which is used or intended for
use in children's wearing apparel. This action will be effective upon publication in
the Federal Register which is expected to be Thursday, May 5, 1977.
Today's action was in response to a court order by Judge George L. Hart, Jr.,
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
On April 8, the Commission banned the sale of any children's clothing containing
the flame-retardant chemical tris (2,3 dibromopropyl) phosphate, commonly known as Tris.
That ban, which also covered the sale of any uncut Tris-treated fabric intended for sale
to consumers for use in children's wearing apparel, covered Tris-treated products which
were sold to consumers before April 8 but had not yet been washed.
In ordering the Commission to expand its ban to include the chemical Tris as
well as fabric, yarn and fiber containing Tris which is used or intended to be used in
children's wearing apparel, the Judge stated that the economic burden of repurchase
would be more evenly distributed through the chain of production. Under the Federal
Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), which CPSC administers, banned products must be
repurchased (at the purchase price plus any additional transportation costs) throughout
the chain of distribution by any manufacturer or others who sold them.
The court's action was in response to a suit brought by the American Apparel
Manufacturers Association, Rosslyn, Virginia.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects
the public from unreasonable risk of injury
or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To
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