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Contact: Nate Herman, TGA's Director of Government Relations, at 877-842-1938, x-708 or nate@travel-goods.org

New California Proposition 65 notices issued

California Proposition 65 litigants have issued 18 new "60-day" notices in the last month, alleging that brands and retailers sold tote bags (Notice), purses (Notice), toiletries (Notice 1; Notice 2), dresses (Notice), footwear (Notice 1; Notice 2), jewelry (Notice), Halloween costumes (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3), men's underwear (Notice), belts (Notice), sandals (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4), and aprons (Notice), in California containing phthalates, arsenic, cadmium, formaldehyde, and lead in violation of California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). TGA has included these notices in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. 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. 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 (Prop 65). Proposition 65 is a California law that requires "warning labels" on all 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 "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.






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