For Proposition 65 – California Residence Only
What is Proposition 65?In Nov. 1986, California voters passed a ballot initiative to acknowledge concerns about exposures to toxins. That initiative became The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, now officially known as Proposition 65.
What does Proposition 65 require?First, the preposition requires the Governor of California to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Such toxins are authorized by the State of California as having a 1 in 100,000 (< 1%) chance of causing cancer over a 70-year period or birth defects or other reproductive. Over 800 chemicals and materials have been listed as of January 27th, 2017.
Second, the preposition requires Manufacturers to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before exposing anyone to a listed chemical. This warning can be issued by a variety of means, i.e., by labeling a consumer product, by posting signs at the workplace or business, or by publishing notices in print, media, or on the web.
What does a Proposition 65 warning mean?It means that the Manufacturer issuing the warning believes that one or more listed chemicals exists in its product, even if it is only present in insignificant quantities. Asian Food Grocer has chosen to label all of its products available in North America. We use language approved by the State of California as follows:
What kinds of chemicals and materials are on the list?All products made with ingredients and chemicals from soil, ocean, rice, fish, and tea have naturally occurring toxins. The list contains a wide range of ingredients, chemicals, and materials related the type of toxicity, including many food additives and byproducts of certain processes. These chemicals may be naturally occurring or synthetic.
How can I get more information?The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, OEHHA can be accessed at http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html. This website provides comprehensive explanations on Proposition 65 and offers an official list of all the chemicals and materials. You can also e-mail or call the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's Proposition 65 Implementation Office at (916) 445-6900. Sources: