What is the Proposition 65 warning that came with my product?
“This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,”
This warning is the result of a law passed in California in 1986, referred to as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or more generally referred to as “Proposition 65.”
What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. If you are a California resident you may have already seen these warnings posted in coffee shops, bars and fast food restaurants. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals. For more information visit www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65
Why does Xotic include a California Proposition 65 warning?
Proposition 65 requires companies that do business in California to provide a clear warning to notify consumers of products that contain a list of 800 plus chemicals that may cause cancer and birth defects. The warning is required even if minuscule amounts of a chemical are present. In order to avoid hefty fines, penalties and lawyer fees, Xotic and a growing number of businesses have decided to include the Prop 65 warning out of caution to insure that we comply with state laws. The California government has also explained the following “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe…You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.”(oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain).
I bought this product outside of California. Why is the warning included?
It would be impossible for us to track what states and countries our products are bought and sold in so we have decided to include this information in all of our products in order to comply with the law.