WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects, other reproductive harm, and/or cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
WHAT IS PROPOSITION 65?
Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.
Proposition 65 is a far-reaching law that applies to any company that operates in California, sells products in California, or manufactures products that may be sold in or brought into California.
It is important to note that if a product contains a Prop 65 listed chemical it does not mean that the product is not safe nor does it mean that it will cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The State of California has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” Think of the law as a “Right to Know” rather than it being unsafe.
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that contains or may contain any of the more than 800 elements that the California Air Resources Board considers harmful. Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.
Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity which can be found here.
To be fully compliant with Proposition 65, we have included the relevant warning available on our website. Proposition 65 is a law specific to the state of California, and US Federal law has not banned the use of the listed chemicals, so while we believe the levels of chemicals in our products are safe, we are required to include a warning on the applicable product under Proposition 65 or discontinue selling the product in California.
The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are significant. In other words, it allows lawyers to sue, in civil court, any company that does not provide the warning as well as state government penalties. And there are no penalties for providing unnecessary warnings. Like many other manufacturers of all types of products, we have elected to provide a Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.
I DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, WHY DOES MY PRODUCT INCLUDE THAT LABEL OR NOTIFICATION?
Our products are shipped throughout the United States; it would be very difficult and time-consuming to foresee which products will be shipped solely to consumers within the state of California.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.