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In 1986, California passed a law generally referred to as “Proposition 65” or “Prop 65” officially known as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The proposition protects the state's drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposure to such chemicals.
Proposition 65 mandated warnings such as below:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Since 1986 this warning has appeared on thousands of products sold nationwide.
Changes to Proposition 65
Recently, California passed a revision to Proposition 65 that resulted in more everyday products having to display warnings. This does not mean that these products will cause cancer or reproductive harm nor that they violate Federal or State product safety standards or requirements.Proposition 65 lists a wide variety of chemicals, including chemicals found in many everyday products. There are over 900 chemicals currently on the list. Proposition 65 requires that a warning be given unless a manufacturer can demonstrate that exposure to even a trace amount of one of these chemicals in a product causes “No Significant Risk” for chemicals listed as causing cancer and below a “Maximum Allowable Dose Level” for chemicals listed as causing reproductive toxicity. These levels are set low. For carcinogens, this level is defined as causing a lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 100,000 for an adult over a lifetime. For chemicals causing reproductive harm, this level is defined as one thousandth of a dose that shows no observable effect.
Why do Nuimpact Corp. products have a Prop 65 warning?
The recent revision to Proposition 65 has resulted in Nuimpact Corp. adding a Prop 65 warning to our products. Proposition 65 requires that all products sold or brought into the State of California have a Prop 65 warning.
The Prop 65 warning means that at least one of the chemicals listed in Proposition 65 may be present in trace amounts in our products. These chemicals in our products are part of our normal manufacturing process. There are no large quantities of these chemicals included in, or shipped with, our products. This Prop 65 warning does not imply that our products will cause cancer or reproductive harm or that they are in violation of any safety standards or requirements.
For more information on Proposition 65 please visit https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/about-proposition-65