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January 16, 2020Jomarie Garcia

On 14 January 2020 California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that an amendment to the responsibility to provide a consumer product exposure warning under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (the Act or Proposition 65) was approved by the state’s Office of Administrative...

December 11, 2018Kirsten Wallerstedt

In a move that may provide some clarity for companies affected by Proposition 65, California's Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is proposing to revise section 25600.2 of Article 6 of the Proposition 65 regulations. These changes would clarify the responsibility of parties in the supply chain for purposes of...

July 17, 2018Kirsten Wallerstedt

As of 30 August 2018, all businesses affected by California’s Proposition 65 must have new labels, signs, or other warnings in place for any exposure to a listed substance which occurs in California. Compliance with Proposition 65 is especially troubling to businesses, since most enforcement is done through “citizen” enforcers...

April 6, 2018Kirsten Wallerstedt

A California court reportedly proposed a ruling on 28 March 2018 that coffee companies operating in California, including Starbucks, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and Seattle's Best, among others, must provide cancer warnings related to the consumption of coffee, baked goods, and other products sold in those stores. The substance at...

September 6, 2016Kirsten Wallerstedt

On 30 August 2016, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) approved the adoption of a revised Article 6 of the Proposition 65 regulations (27 CCR § 25601 et seq.), establishing the requirements for providing “clear and reasonable” warnings. To be compliant with the amended regulation, businesses will have to reword all their warnings provided under the law. The deadline for compliance is 30 August 2018.

December 3, 2015Kirsten Wallerstedt

On 24 November 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) repealed its rulemaking action published on 16 January 2015 amending Article 6 on "Clear and Reasonable Warnings" under Proposition 65. OEHHA at the same time published another proposal for a new Article 6 dated 27 November 2015, which now replaces the previous version of the proposed amendments.

November 6, 2015James Lee

On 26 October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), published its evaluation of the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. The IARC Monographs Programme has classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). This evaluation will be included in Volume 114 of the IARC Monographs.

June 30, 2014James Lee

California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is possibly one of the most expansive state environmental laws for the chemical industry. Officially entitled, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, California Health & Safety Code section 25249.5 et seq., requires persons conducting business in the state to provide a clear and reasonable warning in sign or label before exposing consumers or employees to chemicals listed as carcinogens or reproductive toxins under the law.