Prop 65

What is Proposition 65?

In 1986, California voters approved Proposition 65, an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals.  That initiative is officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.  The law requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, and for businesses with 10 or more employees to provide warnings when they knowingly and intentionally cause significant exposures to listed chemicals.

This list currently includes more than 900 chemicals. Proposition 65 does not ban or restrict the sale of chemicals on the list.  The warnings are intended to help Californians make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals from the products they use and the places they go.

Is California Prop 65 warning something to worry about?
Products with the Prop 65 warning mean that the manufacturer believes the product might contain any of the 900-plus chemicals that the State of California considers harmful. It does not mean that the labeled products themselves are necessarily harmful or are in violation of any safety standard.
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