Prop 65 Warning

Prop 65 is known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986. It was intended to help California citizens make informed choices about products before they use and consume. Prop 65 requires products distributed in California to include specific warnings (warning label) if they contain components that could expose consumers to chemicals that cause: Cancer, Birth Defects or Reproductive Harm. California consumers must be able to see the warning before opening or using the product.

Prop 65 Your Right to Know!

1) California lists more than 900 chemicals as causing cancer or reproductive harm, however the majority of settlements in the last 3 years involve Lead and Phthalates.


2) New chemicals may be added at any time but there is a 12 month grace period from the time a new chemical is added before enforcement is allowed.


3) All promotional categories are vulnerable. Past settlements have involved: Drinkware, Bags, Metals (jewelry, zippers, keychains, brass), Tools & Tech Accessories.

Prop 65 Warning Changed as of 8/30/2018

1) Website and catalogs must now include the same warning.


2) Either of two specific warning formats are allowed.


3) Companies may use a short or long form. If long form is used it must name at least one chemical of concern.


4) Warning can be for cancer, reproductive harm or both.


5) Most promotional suppliers are adopting the short-form.


6) Warning label on site/catalog must be the same as label on product.


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