Fujichrome VELVIA 100 Discontinued Today and Banned For Sale in The US Starting September 5, 2021

The Phoblographer spotted the announcement that Fujichrome VELVIA 100 is being discontinued IMMEDIATELY in the United States. You can still pick some up on Amazon but the prices are starting to skyrocket. Fujifilm could have continued selling the film until September 5th, but they decided to just discontinue distribution.

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.

Honestly, I am a little surprised with Fujifilm because I would think would take advantage of the September enforcement date instead of leaving their fans in a lurch. I am also surprised this didn’t become an issue in Europe or California first since they tend to have some of the most extreme regulatory systems, but here we are… Since the US is banning Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate the rest of the world can’t be too far behind, so even if you are overseas it might be a good idea to pick some Fujichrome VELVIA 100 before it is too late. Film is becoming a rare commodity with some rolls going for hundreds of dollars even well after they have expired.

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