Product safety — more California Proposition 65 notices issued
A California Proposition 65 litigant, the Consumer Advocacy Group, in recent weeks has issued three new "60-day" notices alleging that brands and retailers sold footwear, handbags and children's bags/apparel in California that contained phthalates in violation of 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 a California law known as Proposition 65. There were 28 separate notices served in the month of November alone to travel goods and other fashion-related manufacturers and retailers. 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. For more information, please go to TGA's Prop 65 website.