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I noticed that some of your products contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects? Should I be worried if I use your products?

7 July 2016

What you are asking is in reference to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. Proposition 65, or Prop 65, affects all products sold or distributed in California. In its simplest form, Prop 65 can be considered a consumer “right-to-know” or product labeling law that informs consumers if significant amounts of certain chemicals are present in a product or its packaging, that may be in their homes, workplaces or that are released into the environment.
It is not a law to prohibit the sale of products, but generally:

  • Prop 65 requires the state to publish a list of chemicals that have been scientifically determined to cause cancer or birth defects or reproductive harm,
  • The list has currently 800+ chemicals; these can be either synthetic or natural and as a present ingredient in the product or a by-product of a chemical process
  • Exposure to these chemicals may be through a variety of routes (ingestion, dermal, etc.)
  • If a product contains one or more of the chemicals on the list, then the businesses must notify customers/consumer about their potential presence
  • Prop 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves and the environment from exposure to potentially harmful chemicals

To review what chemicals in our products fall under this warning, please visit https://gumout.com/tech-docs/ to view the respective product Safety Data Sheet section. These documents outline the specific chemicals that are on this list.
 
California’s regulatory agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has prepared and recommends the attached “Proposition 65 In Plain Language” as a brief and general explanation of the law and implications. http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.html
 
In addition, here is another link that adds additional insights on this law and may provide knowledge on how you may personally want to deal with products with this warning.
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=27711857

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