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iPhone Phthalates Violate California Law
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For Immediate Release
Oct 15, 2007

Caroline Cox, Research Director, 541.654.2626 (m)
Charles Margulis, Communications Director, 510.697.0615 (m)

Oakland, CA – Center for Environmental Health (CEH) today announced that, based on the data from a Greenpeace report, it is initiating legal action against Apple, Inc., since the levels of phthalates in the iPhone are a violation of California law. Under the state’s Proposition 65 law, products that can expose consumers to phthalates or other chemicals that are reproductive toxins or carcinogens must carry a warning label. The Center’s legal work under Prop 65 has recently uncovered lead threats to children from toys, vinyl baby bibs, children’s lunchboxes, jewelry and other products. In 2005, CEH protested Apple’s annual “MacWorld” conference, for Apple’s failure to address the toxic threats posed by the company’s weak e-waste policies.

“There is no reason to have these potentially hazardous chemicals in iPhones” said Michael Green, Executive Director of CEH. “We expect Apple to reformulate their products to make them safer from cradle to grave, so they don’t pose a threat to consumers, workers or the environment.”

For the Greenpeace report, see http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/iphone-s-hazardous-chemicals