A new California law that could expose footwear manufacturers to expensive lawsuits will be the subject of a seminar at Wednesday's World Shoes & Accessories (WSA) Show. Interek and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) have teamed up to comprehensively address how the California-based labeling law is now surprisingly affecting the footwear industry.
Intertek’s global footwear testing experts have acted quickly to educate clients about how to comply with the California law, as well as building awareness about other states that could adopt similar standards. Intertek tests for a variety of restricted and hazardous substances, recognizing chemicals of concern noted on the AAFA’s Restricted Substances List as well as regional regulatory requirements in addition to offering consultation and evaluation services.
“Footwear brands and retailers will quickly need to educate themselves about how this law impacts them, or unfortunately face the consequences,” said Gene Rider, President of Intertek Consumer Goods North America. “It’s imperative to stay aware of the substances going into their products to create a sound compliance strategy and solution.”
“Don’t Tread on My Shoes: California Proposition 65 and Other Product Safety Issues,” will be held at the WSA Show in Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. from 8-9:30 AM PST. Speakers include Footwear Director, Nate Herman from the AAFA; Technical Knowledge Manager, Andrew Farhat from Intertek; and Lisa Halko of the Law Firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP.