More California prop 65 notices issued
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) issued three more California Proposition 65 "60- day" notices on May 27, adding to the trend of increasing notices since the beginning of this year. The three new notices allege that CEH found lead in wallets, handbags, clutches and totes, belts and footwear sold in the State of California in violation of California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring a lawsuit against the recipients alleging that the products sold in California contain certain chemicals in violation of Prop 65. There have been 43 "60-day" notices issued to over 200 manufacturers and retailers of travel goods and related products since the beginning of the year — 9 notices were issued in May alone. Proposition 65 is a California law that requires "warning labels" on ALL products (not just children's products) sold in California that contain lead, phthalates, cadmium and any one of 850 other chemicals that the State of California believes could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Prop 65 allows so-called "citizen enforcers" to enforce the law. NGOs, other groups and even private Californian citizens can sue in California courts and collect part of the fines. (Please click here to view a full list of the Prop 65 notices to date). For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman at 703-797-9062.