Prop 65: New Warning Language Mandatory

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As you are aware, Proposition (“Prop”) 65, known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, sets out environmental regulations regarding toxic chemical substances that businesses are subject to when they sell merchandise in California, or if they are physically located in the state. These regulations serve as a “warning” or “labeling” law that looks to provide Californians notice of possible exposure to toxic substances in the products they purchase or the places they work.

California has made changes to its Proposition 65 warning language requirements. These changes are mandatory as of August 31, 2018; however, companies can voluntarily elect to follow them now. The changes modify the current Prop 65 warnings and are explained, in detail, in The Vision Council’s newly released addendum to its guide found here.

Certain segments of the California marketplace continue to be targeted for enforcement, and historically this has included eyewear cases, chains, plano sunglasses and over-the-counter reading glasses. The Vision Council actively monitors this issue and will release any related information in an effort to keep members up to date on Prop 65.

For more information, please contact Rick Van Arnam, The Vision Council regulatory counsel, at rvanarnam@barnesrichardson.com, or Michael Vitale, Technical Director, at mvitale@thevisioncouncil.org.

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