What is California Proposition 65?
The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, California Proposition 65, is a law that requires warning to consumers if a product exposes consumers to a wide variety of chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65 applies only in California.
What does the Proposition 65 Warning “This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm,” mean?
A Proposition 65 warning means that the business issuing the warning knows that one or more listed chemicals is merely present in its product. A warning must be given unless a business demonstrates that the exposure it causes poses “no significant risk.”
Why does AST Labs place a Proposition 65 warning on its products?
A Proposition 65 warning means one of two things: (1) the company evaluated the exposure and has concluded that product exceeds the “no significant risk level”; or (2) the company has chosen to provide a warning simply based on its knowledge about the presence of a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the exposure. With most of AST Labs products the chemical exposure is below the Proposition 65 level of concern, or even zero. However, just to be cautious, AST Labs has elected to place the Proposition 65 warning on all products shipped to California.