Proposition 65 Warning for VentiFresh Products
This warning is not what you might expect to see when purchasing your new VentiFresh product. It may even seem alarming. However, the warning is specifically for California residents, and if you live in the state of California, you will find this warning on many items in your home, restaurants and even theme parks.
The warning does not mean that our products will necessarily cause cancer or reproductive harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does NOT mean a product is in violation of any product safety standards or requirements.
What is Proposition 65?
The purpose of Prop 65 is to ensure the public is informed about the potential exposure to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. It is the result of a law passed in California in 1986, referred to as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or more generally referred to as “Proposition 65” to inform customers that products may contain chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.
This list currently contains over 900 chemicals and continues to expand. The law also requires companies to provide a warning on their products and/or packaging if they contain these chemicals. Chemicals on this list can be found in many everyday items. We decided to provide the Proposition 65 warning statement without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure, as not all of the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements by the government.
Our products may have traces of a few chemicals that are on the list, and they are all a part of the normal manufacturing process. We believe the VentiFresh products are not harmful when used as designed.
What does a Proposition 65 warning mean?
The warning does not mean our products will inevitably cause cancer or reproductive harm. Proposition 65 may be best defined as a “Right to Know” law and Proposition 65 warnings are not an indication that a product is violating safety standards or regulations.
The California government has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.”
Visit the official site of Proposition 65 for more information: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.html
Why do some products include this warning?
Proposition 65 law applies to any company operating, manufacturing, or selling products in the state of California. Our products are sold through out the U.S. and it would be difficult or impossible to place warnings only on products shipped to or sold in California. At this time, we have chosen to include this warning on all of our products to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 law, regardless of destination.