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CA Residents: Prop 65 Labeling

California Prop 65 Warning

 In the State of California, there exists what is referred to as "Proposition 65" or "Prop 65", which is the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

Any company that operates in California sells products in California, or manufactures products that may be sold in or brought into California is subject to Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that may contain any of 800-plus elements / chemicals that the California Air Resources Board considers a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant that is sold in California. 

Currently, the number of chemicals listed under Prop 65 is more than 800, with many new chemicals being added every year. The list of elements keeps changing and is periodically updated. Elements are added to the list, some elements are removed. It is excessively difficult to keep track of the changing list of elements.

It should be noted that these same products are sold across the United States and abroad, however, California is one of the few states that require these products to be labeled for Prop 65 - If you brought the same product or package in another state, it would be exactly the same, but would not be required to have the Prop 65 notification labeling. 

There are two ways a company is compliant with Prop 65 regulations:

Test every component of every product for every production run against each of the 800 chemicals listed to ensure they are within the safe harbor limits. Additional, testing would be required each time new chemicals were added to the list. Travelon believes this to be impractical and cost-prohibitive.

Place a Proposition 65, Safe Harbor Warning, on each of its products. The wording of the label, specified by California law, is: “CA Prop 65 Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” ­­

Travelon, Lewis N Clark, Design Go and other manufacturers believe their products are safe when used as intended. However, in order to be compliant with California law. These companies, along with many major manufacturers in industries ranging from electronics to sleepwear, have decided to place CA Prop 65 Warning labels on their products. In order to minimize product costs and because they cannot always determine where a product will be sold, manufacturers have decided to mark all products with the warning label.

The current list of Prop 65 chemicals can be found at this website:click here