Compliance Policies

California Proposition 65

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What Is Proposition 65?
    In 1986, California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 more commonly known as Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include nearly 1,000 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

    The list includes a wide variety of chemicals many of which can be found in common household products, dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, pesticides, tobacco products and many are by-products of certain manufacturing processes, or they may be products of common chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.
  • Q: With a label that says “This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm,” how can I trust that the product is safe?
  • Q: How dangerous is it to use a product with a Proposition 65 warning?
  • Q: Why are we providing this information?
  • Q: Where can I get more information on Proposition 65?