LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — New label requirements for California Proposition 65, a law requiring that products sold in the Golden State warn consumers about exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer or birth defects, are going into effect Thursday.
The state amended Prop. 65 labeling to require that it identify the specific chemical that can cause cancer or reproductive harm back in 2016, but implementation of this change is taking effect Aug. 30. More than 900 chemicals are part of Prop. 65 but not all products contain threatening levels of them.
Under the old law, companies could have a generic warning that said that a product contained harmful chemicals without detailing which ones. Now not every chemical has to be listed, but those that a company is aware of and tested for should be.
If a product is sold to California consumers through brick-and-mortar or online channels, manufacturers are required to comply with the new label requirements unless they were part of a group settlement in 2006 that included a safe harbor warning.
Fines for noncompliance can be up to $2,500 per violation per day, starting Sept. 1, 2018. Compliance is enforced by legal firms and groups that file complaints on behalf …read more