What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 is a California law that has been in effect since 1986 to promote clean drinking water and keep toxic substances that cause cancer and birth defects out of consumer products. The law requires warning labels to be placed on products that may contain any of the 900-plus chemicals or ingredients that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has deemed to cause cancer or other reproductive toxicity.
In order to meet the requirements of this proposition, products shipping to California must be labeled with the proper warning labels (only required in the state of California). Because we only sell through distribution, and do not know where our products will end up, it is necessary to place these warning labels on all products, where applicable.
Chemicals and elements on this list include: wood dust, plastic, metal, brass, and other everyday substances, which can be found in very common household items, such as: lamps, tableware jewelry, crystal glasses, electric cords, beauty products, automobiles, and furniture. These same chemicals and elements can also be found in various products in the safety industry, such as: Respirators, Blowers, Ergonomics, and Seasonal Climate Control products.
Why Did I Find a Proposition 65 Warning on My Allegro Product or Package?
We include Proposition 65 warnings on many of our products and/or packages because there is always a chance that one of the 900-plus common chemicals and ingredients listed under this law could potentially be used in our products and/or packing materials. Consequently, we risk large fines under this law if we don’t include this warning. As we continue to do more research, our labels will become increasingly more specific.
Should I Worry?
We realize that this warning sounds very alarming. However, we want to reassure you that based upon our research, we do not believe that any of our products contain materials that reasonably could be construed to involve a health risk. Nevertheless, in order to comply with State Law, warning labels must be attached on applicable products and packages and all consumers are duly warned. We remain committed to the health and safety of our customers.
Just How Common Are Proposition 65 Warnings?
Proposition 65 warnings have become so prevalent it is difficult to take a trip anywhere in the state of California without finding at least one warning label or sign in any number of common places, such as: parking lots, hospitals, retail stores, banks, coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants or even theme parks.