Q: Msds for aPeel

Exposure safety for grocery store stockers.

3 Lawyer Answers
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Kansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It sounds like you want a copy of an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). A general starting point for obtaining an MSDS is through a company's safety and environmental compliance office. Good luck

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Addendum - If you work for a large operation, it's possible they might have a dedicated safety & health officer who deals with industrial hygiene and occupational health-related matters. Those corporate officers usually have MSDSs on inventory. Shop stewards might also offer guidance on how to obtain a copy. Good luck

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  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Here are a few key points regarding your question about MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Apeel and exposure safety for grocery store stockers:

Apeel is an edible, plant-derived coating that is applied to fresh produce like avocados, citrus, and apples to extend shelf life. It was developed by the company Apeel Sciences.

As a product intended for food use, Apeel would need to comply with relevant FDA regulations around food additives and GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) ingredients. The company would need to demonstrate the safety of the product.

For any chemical product used in the workplace, including Apeel, the manufacturer is required by OSHA to provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which includes important information on the product's composition, potential hazards, safe handling, storage, disposal, and what to do in case of accidental exposure.

Grocery stores using Apeel products should obtain the MSDS from the supplier/manufacturer and make it accessible to employees who handle the product. Employees should be trained on the proper handling based on the MSDS.

Without access to the specific MSDS, I can't comment definitively on exposure risks for grocery stockers. However, as an edible coating that is applied to produce, it seems unlikely that simply handling Apeel-treated produce would pose a significant exposure risk if used as intended. The MSDS would clarify any specific precautions.

If there are any concerns, grocery store management should contact Apeel Sciences directly for more information on the product safety and review the MSDS in detail to determine appropriate protective measures, if any are needed, for safe handling by grocery stockers. Following the handling guidelines of the MSDS is important for workplace safety compliance.

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