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0 Comments | Sep 28, 2018

What You Need To Know About California Proposition 65

Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Exposure Warning Point of Sale Sign for RestaurantsWhat is Prop 65?

In 1986, California voters decided to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That same year, they approved a “right-to-know” initiative known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, best known as Proposition 65 or Prop 65.

Each year, California publishes a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other productive harm. From its inception to the time of writing, the list has grown to encompass nearly 900 chemicals.

The law requires companies to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they manufacture. It also prohibits businesses from knowingly dumping significant amounts of listed chemicals into or near drinking water sources / runoffs.

What Types of Chemicals Are on the List?

The list includes both naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that include additives or ingredients in “pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents.”

The list also includes chemicals that are used in manufacturing and construction or are byproducts of chemical processes.

What Does A Prop 65 Warning Label Mean?

If a Prop 65 Sign is placed on a product, posted at your workplace, or in a rental property, the business is alerting you that they are aware or in belief that one or more listed chemicals are present.

Unless exposure is low enough not to pose a significant risk of cancer or is significantly below levels observed to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm, by law, a warning must be given for listed chemicals.

Some Common Items That Require Prop 65 Signs:

  • Canned and bottled foods and beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer, malt, wine, etc.)
  • Beauty products
  • Electrical cords
  • Coffee, roasted nuts, baked goods, and snack foods