Govesan America Corp., Woodbury, MN, is recalling industrial powder coatings marketed as metals-free because the paint actually contained heavy metals, according to two Minnesota state agencies. In March 2001 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Occupational Health and Safety Administration alerted Govesan customers that purchased the powder coatings that certain lots contained heavy metals not listed on data supplied with the paint.
Minnesota law requires companies with products containing lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium or mercury to register those products with the state.
Under agreement with the two state agencies, Govesan issued the national recall of the paint—which contained lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium—and agreed to pay a $240,000 penalty. The action was the first ever taken against a company for failing to register such products.
According to Govesan records, roughly five percent of the coatings imported since 1994 are affected by the recall. Customers who received the products between 1994 and March 2001 will receive a letter from the company identifying the products and giving instructions for returning them to Govesan America.
Govesan has completed a testing program to ensure that all products being sold do not contain more than regulated levels of the heavy metals, the agencies said.