On August 30, 2018, the new California Proposition 65 safe harbor warning labels, that were adopted in August 2016, will take effect. The new warning label formats meet California’s requirement to provide “clear and reasonable warning” to consumers if they will be exposed to dangerous amounts of listed chemicals. The new formats include the following criteria:
- Warnings must state if the product may result in an exposure to carcinogenic and/or reproductive toxicants. The warning must also list OEHHA’s new Prop 65 warning website, www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
- If a product provides consumer information in a language other than English, the warning must also be provided in that language in addition to English.
Certain consumer products have specific warning label content, including: furniture, raw wood products, food products, alcoholic beverages, and canned and bottled foods and beverages with BPA.