California Now Also Enforces Proposition 65 for Food Products - Attorney General files lawsuit against major daily snack food manufacturers

    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Attorney General of the State of
California filed suit earlier this month against 10 major snack food
manufacturers for their failure to warn consumers that certain processed snack
food products expose consumers to acrylamide, a substance published on the
California Proposition 65 list, which contains chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. The
snack foods include potato chips, corn chips, bagel chips, pretzels, tortilla
chips, and popcorn.
    California's Proposition 65 law has been in effect since 1986 to promote
clean drinking water and keep toxic substances that cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm out of consumer products. Proposition 65
has been the reason for the addition of notices of specific chemical contents
on consumer product labels. Recently The Office of the Attorney General for
the State of California published the Annual Summaries of Private Settlements
reports. In 2008, there were no less than 199 actionable events resulting in a
record $24,537,330.44 in settlements.
    Intertek (, the leading provider of quality and safety
services to a wide range of industries, is assisting customers to effectively
address their California Proposition 65 compliance concerns and avoid the
rapidly increasing business risk of environmental legislation enforcement.
    Intertek offers effective services to support companies with achieving
desired California Proposition 65 compliance. Intertek has extensive
experience in Proposition 65 testing and product assessment. 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
    "Traditionally, the focus of Proposition 65 litigation has been on
consumer products," states Dr. Ruud Overbeek, Vice President of Intertek's
Health and Environmental Services, Restricted Substances and REACH. "Now
manufacturers of food products are faced with similar risks and we provide the
support they need to meet their legal obligations while mitigating these
business risks".

    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (

    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 (

    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

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