“Miniscule” Fujifilm Velvia 100 components lead to cancellation by EPA

Fujifilm Holdings is pulling Velvia 100 slide film from the market, citing toxic chemicals within its layers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decreed a chemical within Fujifilm Velvia 100, Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate, is a carcinogen.

Fujifilm has Sept. 5, 2021, to stop production of Fujifilm Velvia 100 in 35mm, 120, and large format. The full wording of Fujifilm’s announcement is here:

On March 8, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule regarding the chemical phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) (CASRN 68937-41-7) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which prohibited the processing and distribution in commerce, including sales, of the chemical and products containing the chemical. EPA also issued an enforcement policy on the same day stating that it will not enforce the ban on processing and distribution until September 5, 2021.

A miniscule amount (less than 0.0003%) of PIP (3:1) is present within the layers of FUJICHROME Velvia 100 Professional films. Fujifilm believes that the trace amount of PIP (3:1) in the FUJICHROME Velvia 100 Professional films pose no risk to the environment.

As a global leader in imaging, Fujifilm is committed to acting sustainably, and complying with all country regulations. As such, Fujifilm will discontinue FUJICHROME Velvia 100 Professional film in the U.S. effective immediately (July 6, 2021).

If you’ve purchased FUJICHROME Velvia 100 Professional films please read the accompanying Safety Data Sheet carefully.