Intertek Helps Customers Find Effective Solutions to Urgently Comply with California's Proposition 65 Law



    Support for recent surge in litigations leading to 2008 settlements
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    OTTAWA, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek (www.intertek.com), the leading
provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of industries, offers
customers effective California Proposition 65 compliance solutions to avoid
the rapidly increasing business risk of environmental legislation enforcement.
    The Office of the Attorney General for the State of California recently
published the Annual Summaries of Private Settlements reports for California
Proposition 65. In 2008, there were no less than 199 actionable events
resulting in a record $24,537,330.44 in settlements. These results increase
the settlement total over the past 8 years (2000-2008) to 1,627 settlements
representing a total of $112,891,998.90. The data summarizes all settlements
of California Proposition 65 cases brought by private parties and are based on
reports submitted to the California Attorney General. Settlements typically
include terms that benefit the public including product reformulation,
emission reduction, or warnings.
    Proposition 65 is a California law that has been in effect since 1986 to
promote clean drinking water and keep toxic substances that cause cancer and
birth defects out of consumer products. Proposition 65 regulates substances
listed by California as causing cancer or birth defects or other reproductive
harm. Proposition 65 has been the reason for the addition of notices of
specific contents to consumer product labels.
    Intertek offers effective services to support companies with achieving
desired California Proposition 65 compliance. Intertek has extensive
experience in Proposition 65 testing and assessment of consumer products,
toys, electronics, medical products, and general household products. Services
range from consulting to comprehensive testing, and include product and
toxicological assessment services. In addition, Intertek specialists provide
risk-based product screenings supported by comprehensive documentation of
recommendations.
    Global retailers, importers, and manufacturers are concerned about the
expanding enforcement of environmental legislation, including Proposition 65,"
states Ruud Overbeek, Global Vice President of Intertek's Health and
Environmental Services, Restricted Substances and REACH. "Intertek's solutions
help our customers efficiently meet obligations while mitigating business
risks".

    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (www.intertek.com/green)

    Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
global, regional, or local compliance, providing sound traceability systems
and strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek does more than
simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage they
desire. Our Services offer comprehensive solutions for RoHS, Restricted
Substances, CPSIA, REACH, California Proposition 65, Carbon Management, and
Greenhouse Gas reduction, including on-call consulting, testing and analysis,
legal representation, certification, and corporate education appropriate for
all types and levels of business. Intertek Health & Environmental Services is
a leader in global environmental compliance, consulting, technology services
and product stewardship.

    About Intertek (www.intertek.com)

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 100 countries around
the world.
    For more information, visit www.intertek.com




For further information:

For further information: Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business
Development Director, (630) 481-3126, joel.pekay@intertek.com;
Prop65@intertek.com; www.intertek.com/green

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