California Proposition 65 Warning
For California Residents
Californians have long been concerned about environmental and product toxins that can cause cancer, reproductive, or other harm. In 1986 the state voted into law Proposition 65, known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Proposition 65 Requirements
The State of California publishes a list of ingredients known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list now has about 1000 ingredients. It is required to be updated at least annually.
Who is required to issue a Proposition 65 Warning
Businesses located in California and businesses selling products to California locations are required to provide clear and reasonable warning prior to the purchase of items containing a listed ingredient.
What a Proposition 65 Warning Means
The purpose of Proposition 65 is to notify consumers that they are being exposed to ingredients that are known to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity. Consumers can decide on their own if they want to purchase or use the product. A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.
It is not surprising that many natural products and extracts of natural products are included on the list. All types of products have warnings, including furniture, printed materials and foods.