Proposition 65 Warnings on ProX Cases and other products
“This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” is not what you expect to see when you open any new product you just received, in fact it may cause you to take notice. In the State of California, these warnings are on almost everything, on items in your home, in restaurants, In Starbucks® in dyes, solvents, drugs, food additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides, and tobacco products. and even in parking garages and Disneyland.
This warning 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.” It is a list of over 850 chemicals that continues to grow every year and accomplishes very little since most consumers in California just ignore the warnings. If you are curious, visit the official OEHHA website.
I don't live or work in California, why do you put these notices on ProX Products?
Because ProX Live Performance Gear® is a Global company it is impossible to know which particular products may end up in California for retail sales. Because we feel strongly about being in compliance with all State and Federal Regulations, we include this warning with our products.
These warnings do not mean that our products will harm anyone when used as designed and promoted, we just provide this warning solely to comply with the laws of the State of California when our products are sold there.
What is Proposition 65 in California
Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state's drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals. Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.
California warns all residents that a cup of coffee might cause cancer. A judge ruled earlier this year that the warnings were necessary as coffee contains a tiny dose of a chemical called acrylamide and therefore might be associated with increased cancer risk. The American Cancer Society says on its website: "The Prop 65 labels only tell you that a product has something in it that might cause cancer or affect reproduction. They don't say what the substance is, where it is in the product, how you might be exposed to it, what the level of risk is, or how to reduce your exposure."
See the current list of included chemicals at the OEHHA site.