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Created: October 14, 2005
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Index of Topics on Site Proposition 65: Warnings of Toxic Chemicals in Products

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The little white rectangle warning of birth defects or reproductive harm wasn't very noticeable. It was on a package of brightly colored Halloween toys, and I picked up a package to distribute to our neighborhood children. But as it sat there on my table, waiting for me to put it awy till Halloween, my eye caught that little white rectangle, and I obsessively read it. Reproductive harm? in a toy for four or five year olds? Eek! What was this about?

Resources

  • Poster on Risks to Children of Cancer Producing Chemicals

  • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
    "Proposition 65:

    Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The Proposition was intended by its authors to protect California citizens and the State's drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals.

    "Proposition 65 requires the Governor to publish, at least annually, a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity."

    ". . . OEHHA’s overall mission is to protect and enhance public health and the environment by scientific evaluation of risks posed by hazardous substances."

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Proposition 65

  • Art Hazards "August 2005 Section 32066 of the California Education Code requires the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to develop a list of those art and craft materials "which cannot be purchased or ordered" for use in kindergarten and grades one through six."

    Notice that the danger is of particular concern with young children. jeanne



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