Proposition 65 applies to all companies doing business in California and requires them to notify consumers of the presence of any chemical on the Proposition 65 list. The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring as well as synthetic chemicals. These chemicals include ingredients in pesticides, food, drugs, household products and the list go on and includes most products that people use every day.
Please note that Proposition 65 does not ban the sale of a product. It only requires that a warning be added to the product that contains a listed chemical. If products sold in California could expose a resident to one or more of the chemicals on the list, then a “clear and reasonable” warning notice must be on the products label. A note for non-California residents, if a law similar to Proposition 65 could be enforced in the other 49 states, the majority of the products you buy would have a warning label.
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA is part of the California EPA, which evaluates scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list. For more information please visits OEHHA’s website http://www.oehha.org/.