What is California Proposition 65?
Also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, California Proposition 65 is a law that requires warnings to consumers if a product sold in California contains any one of the hundreds of chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Proposition 65 requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harms. The list, which must be updated at least once per year, has grown to include over 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.
The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that include additives or ingredients in common household products, food, drugs, dyes, plastics and metals. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust. For more information, including the complete Proposition 65 list of chemicals, go to https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65.
What does the Proposition 65 Warning “This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and / or birth defects or other reproductive harm,” mean?
A Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is unsafe or is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. Rather, it means that the business issuing it is complying with Proposition 65’s requirement to identify the presence of one or more listed chemicals, even in trace amounts.
Why does Madison Company place a Proposition 65 warning on some of its products?
Madison has chosen to label its products to inform consumers that these items contain a chemical on California’s Proposition 65 list. It does not mean that a product is unsafe. All Madison products meet or exceed product performance, safety and industry standards. The label, which uses language approved by the State of California, simply ensures compliance with that state’s consumer notice requirements.