Proposition 65 | California Cancer Warnings


What is Proposition 65 and why should I care?

Proposition 65 requires items being sold to have warning labels about the possible side effects of using those items.

Where was this started?

It originated in California.

Why do I care? I’m not in California?

Many companies have taken it upon themselves to add these labels to all their products in question. You may be seeing these warning labels in your state as well. If you have wondered why this was added then the answer is Proposition 65.

What does that have to do with your business and me then?

You may receive products from us that have these labels on them depending on what you have purchased.

Does that mean I should be concerned?

Many of these products have a label that says, “no significant risk”. What that means is that you have a 1 in 100,000 chance or less of getting cancer due to using the product. They say that this means that is 1 cancer case for 1 person out of 100,000 in a 70-year lifespan.

Sounds like the cutoff levels for this would be near like birth defect designations. Is that true?

You are correct. The strict cutoff levels are similar to reproductive problems and birth defect levels.

Wait, you don’t have… Like a lot of chemicals you sell. What could I get from you that have these labels?

The warning labels can be found on many different products you might not have considered. A few of these include electrical wires, padlocks, flashlights, and so forth. You can see this is a very diverse set of items and it would seem like the chances of receiving an illness like cancer from them would be nil to extremely low.

Where can I go to learn more about this proposition?

You can learn from and it will tell you about Proposition 65. You can get more insight from State of California  and their law and regulations .