Proposition 65 - Label requirements

Question:

What are the requirements for short and long labels under Proposition 65?

Answer:

The new warning label requirements for consumer products which take effect on August 30, 2018, but can be used now:

Requirements for type size: Text of the warning must be the same size as other consumer information presented on the package and may not be smaller than 6 point type.

Required Warning Symbol: The warning must include a warning symbol that is an equilateral triangle with an exclamation point. The triangle must have a bold outline. If the printing of the label that includes the warning is in color, the triangle must also be yellow. This symbol is followed by the word WARNING in capital letters and bold print the same size as the triangle symbol.

For consumer products, a simplified label on the product may be used that includes the warning symbol and text, and then describes the endpoint of the exposure, either “Cancer” or “Reproductive Harm” followed by the web address www.p65warnings.ca.gov.

For example:

For consumer products that cause exposures to a listed carcinogen, the words,
“Cancer - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.”

For consumer products that cause exposures to a listed reproductive toxicant, the words,
“Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.”

The full warning text is required for catalogs and websites when no warning label is provided on the product and may be used on consumer products if desired.

It consists of:
For exposures to listed carcinogens, the words, “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of one or more chemicals], which is [are] known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.”

For exposures to listed reproductive toxicants, the words, “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of one or more chemicals], which is [are] known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.”

The regulation also includes specific warning language for products that contain chemicals that are known to be both carcinogens and toxic to reproduction and warning language for products that contain chemicals that are known separately to be carcinogens and toxic to reproduction.

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