Have you purchased a product that included a version of the above label? It’s all thanks to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65 or Prop 65.
According to www.p65warnings.ca.gov:
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Ultimately, it’s intended to help California residents make informed decisions about their exposure to these chemicals. However, the warning labels are showing up on products nationwide, unnerving and confusing consumers in other states. That’s because some companies have opted to include the warning label on all qualifying products to ensure compliance, even if they don’t expect they’ll be used or sold in California."
A quick search of Proposition 65 will turn up far more critics than champions, especially after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in May 2018 that warning labels must be placed on “ready-to-drink” coffee products because they contained acrylamide.
Critics often cite the sheer number of chemicals that make the list as the biggest problem, from seemingly harmless chemicals such as aloe vera and coconut oil to more obvious carcinogens such as arsenic and lead. Over 950 chemicals appear on the list, last updated on November 23, 2018.
With a list that extensive, it can be a monumental task to keep up with updates to the chemical list. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of common questions to help you determine how best to ensure you’re in compliance.