SAFEGUARDS | Consumer ProductsNO. 092/21
California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by Californian residents in November 1986. It requires the state to publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive harm. First published in 1987, the list has evolved to include approximately 900 chemicals.
Under Prop 65, companies doing business in California must provide a clear and reasonable warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. Unless exempt, businesses have 12 months to comply with this requirement once a chemical is listed.
In this communication, we summarize several settlements involving the three aforementioned chemicals in certain consumer goods (Table 1).
|1||Bamboo bed sheet sets and bamboo pillowcase sets||≤ 40 μg formaldehyde gas per 8 hours of expected use, otherwise warning|
|2||Drain plugs||< 1000 ppm lead, otherwise warning|
|3||Duck calls||BPA-free, otherwise warning|
|4||Food containers/storage||BPA-free, otherwise warning|
|5||Garments||≤ 75 ppm formaldehyde (ISO 14184-1) – garments must comply with the Oeko-tex 100 standard in effect at the time of manufacturing|
|6||Padlock keys||< 1000 ppm lead, otherwise warning|
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