U.S. – August 2023 California Proposition 65 – 60-Day Notices Analysis
Vol. 1375 | September 14, 2023
The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65 (Prop 65), is enforced by the California Attorney General’s office or any district attorney or certain city attorneys or by any individual acting in the public interest. Prop 65 requires that an individual acting in the public interest, to enforce the Act give notice of the impending action to the person alleged to be committing the violation, along with the Attorney General, district attorneys and certain city attorneys in which the violation is alleged to have occurred. The notice must be sent to these parties no less than 60 days before commencing the action; thus, this notice is commonly referred to as the “60-day Notice of Violation”.
In August 2023, there were 343 60-day notices for violation of Prop 65. The majority of the notices were for Lead (52%). 19% of notices were for the presence of Phthalates, 29% of the notices were for Other Chemicals.
Among the reported notices, bags and cases had 25 notices for the presence of Phthalates, 1 notice for the presence of Lead and 1 notice for the presence of Hexavalent Chromium. Externally decorated glass and ceramics had 40 notices for Lead and 2 notices for the presence of Phthalates. Footwear had 6 notices for the presence of Phthalates and 4 notices for the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA). Pet products had 2 notices for the presence of Lead and 3 notices for the presence of Phthalates. There were 8 notices issued for the presence of Phthalates in the category of packaging.
Noticeably, 4 notices were issued for the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA) in sports bras, athletic shirts, athletic leggings primarily made of Polyester and containing spandex or other brands of elastane, as well as device accessories.
The beauty and personal care category had 31 notices for the presence of other chemicals such as Titanium Dioxide, Benzene and Diethanolamine. There were 9 notices for the presence of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in covers, coolers, hats, shower caps, bandages and men’s joggers.
There were 10 notices issued for Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium (VI)), present in bags and cases, organizers, gloves for sports and recreation, as well as apparel.
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