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Proposition 65

Proposition 65

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Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state.  Enacted as a voter initiative in November 1986, Proposition 65 protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Proposition 65 provides that persons doing business in California may not expose individuals to chemicals known to cause harm without first giving clear and reasonable warning, nor discharge such chemicals into drinking water. All products sold in California must show this warning label on their product.

Proposition 65 is administered and regulated by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Proposition 65 regulates substances in two ways:

1. The first requirement of Proposition 65 prohibits businesses from knowingly discharging listed substances into drink water sources, or onto land where the substances can pass into drinking water sources.

2. The second requirement prohibits businesses from knowingly exposing individuals to listed substances without providing a clear and reasonable warning.

The list of chemicals under Proposition 65 contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are a part of our everyday use. These chemicals include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing, construction, or plumbing. Click for an updated list of chemicals under Proposition 65.

For Danco products, the warning is related to products that contain chemicals listed under Proposition 65.

Nowhere are we stating that these products are not safe or poses any health concerns, but are simply providing a warning to comply with the California state regulations. These chemicals are commonly present among a wide variety of consumer products used every day.

For more information on Proposition 65 click the link below to go to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, also known as OEHHAMore Information on Proposition 65.