WHAT IS PROPOSITION 65?
Proposition 65, officially the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a law that requires warnings be provided to California consumers when they might be exposed to chemicals identified by California as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity. The warnings are intended to help California consumers make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals from the products they use. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program and publishes the listed chemicals, which includes more than 850 chemicals. In August 2016, OEHHA adopted new regulations, effective on August 30, 2018, which change the information required in Proposition 65 warnings.
WHY DOES DOWNEAST DAYBOAT INCLUDE THIS WARNING ON PRODUCTS?
Downeast Dayboat (Maine Dayboat Scallops) complies with all pertinent laws, including Proposition 65. We have chosen to provide a Proposition 65 notice to be compliant. The warning does not mean that Downeast Dayboat products will cause any harm. Similarly, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.” See https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov for additional information.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFO?
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, OEHHA, has an in-depth webpage at https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65, which explains the law and offers a list of all the chemicals and materials.
To make a specific inquiry, you can call the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's Proposition 65 Implementation Office at (916) 445-6900 or send an email to P65.Questions@oehha.ca.gov.