Proposition-65 is a shorthand term for The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (California Proposition-65). Part of Proposition-65 relates to a ban on discharging certain chemicals into drinking water sources, but the part that concerns you is the part on warning requirements.
Proposition-65 requires businesses selling products in California to give consumers a “clear and reasonable warning” that chemicals in their products contain substances known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.
What it boils down to is businesses are required to warn California consumers that the materials that make up their products contain substances or chemicals on California’s Proposition-65 chemical list, which is updated at least once per year.
The idea behind the regulation is to ensure that California consumers are as informed as possible when buying goods.
The state of California wants consumers to know up front that a product is made of potentially dangerous substances, as opposed to having consumers find out years later.
Should products featuring warnings be avoided?
No! Nothing about our products have changed. We're required to label products if they have even trace amounts of a chemical.
You can learn more about Prop-65 by visiting California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
For background on the new Proposition 65 warnings, click here.