California Prop 65

Proposition 65 has been a California state law since 1986. Passed as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act , "Prop 65," as it is commonly known, regulates the presence of certain chemical substances found in products sold in California, or present in the workplace in California. The goals of Prop 65 are to protect California's drinking water sources from contamination by these chemicals and to allow California consumers, residents and workers the information necessary to make informed choices so they can take precautions about the products they purchase or exposures they might receive to potentially hazardous chemicals.

Prop 65 requires the Governor of California to publish a list of chemical substances that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list contains a wide range of chemicals, including phthalates, dyes, solvents, pesticides, drugs, food additives, byproducts of certain processes, or specialty chemicals used in industrial applications and may be naturally occurring or synthetic. The list is updated quarterly. View the list at oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/Newlist.html.

Prop 65 applies to retail, mail order or internet sales of products in California.

Source: The Vision Council