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What is Prop 65?

Prop 65 is the original name of the Californian initiative known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Prop 65 requires California to once a year publish a list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Today, the list contains approximately 800 chemicals which are found in food, household products, household appliances, dinnerware, drinkware, and utensils, among other things.

Nearly all residential food-service and kitchenware that may contain chemicals contained in the Prop 65 list never come in direct contact with the user under normal use. Also, many chemicals that are contained on the Prop 65 list are fully approved by the FDA for food-service use. However, for example, some ceramic-glazed serveware or crystal drinkware do contain trace amounts of lead and cadmium, which are on the list. Additionally, some internal components of household appliances such as the motor or power cord may contain chemicals on the Prop 65 list and therefore require a Prop 65 warning.

In accordance with Prop 65, Everything Kitchens displays the Prop 65 warning when advised by the manufacturer that a warning must be present. This warning is a direct reflection of the warning that should be present on the package by the manufacturer.

Prop 65 has been in effect since 1986, and since then, consumers in the state of California should have been notified by the manufacturer of chemicals on the list that are present in manufactured goods. As of August 31, 2018, this notice is required to be displayed on both the retailer's product page and by the manufacturer on the package itself.

For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.