The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office or any district attorney or certain city attorneys or by any individual acting in the public interest. Prop 65 requires that an individual acting in the public interest, to enforce the Act give notice of the impending action to the person alleged to be committing the violation, along with the Attorney General, district attorneys and certain city attorneys in which the violation is alleged to have occurred. The notice must be sent to these parties no less than 60 days before commencing the action; thus, this notice is commonly referred to as the “60-day Notice of Violation”.
In September 2022, there were a total of 326 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. Majority of the notices were for Lead (50 %) and Phthalates (31 %). The remaining 19% were notices for the presence of other chemicals.
Of the reported notices, externally decorated glass and ceramics had 40 notices for lead. Bags and cases had 28 notices for presence of phthalates. Footwear had 12 notices for the presence of phthalates and 2 notices for the presence of other chemicals; dietary supplements had 12 notices for the presence of lead; beauty and personal care products had 30 notices for the presence of other chemicals such as Titanium Dioxide, and Diethanolamine and 1 notice for the presence of lead. Sports and outdoors accounted for 5 notices for the presence of phthalates and 2 notices for the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA).
Noticeably, packaging of various consumer products had 14 notices for the presence of phthalates. There was 1 notice for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) in microfiber tablecloth; 4 notices for the presence of BPA in helmets.
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