Promotional Products Home Frequently Asked Questions What is Proposition 65?

If you receive any of promotional products in the great state of California, you might see this label:

Proposition 65 Warning. This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

What Does a Proposition 65 Warning Mean?

In 1986, The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (or what has come to be known as Proposition 65) was established in California. This environmental protection law primarily focuses on toxic chemicals and any places or things a person could come in contact with containing them. The law works to protect residents from harmful chemical exposure. It also protects California drinking water from contamination.

The main way Prop 65 does this is by requiring companies to place warning labels on all items manufactured with materials that are known to cause cancer or birth defects.

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What Products Does Prop 65 Apply To?

Prop 65 could apply to any products that contain BPA, also known as Bisphenol A. This is a synthetic chemical that research has shown may seep into food or beverages. However, the label can also apply to any other product that’s deemed harmful by the state of the California. In fact, there are currently 800 chemicals on California’s official list.

The following products may contain the Prop 65 label:

  • Water bottles
  • Drink tumblers
  • Travel mugs
  • Ceramic mugs
  • Kitchenware
  • Glassware
  • Sunglasses
  • Frisbees or flying discs
  • Toys
  • Inflatables
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Cosmetic cases
  • Toiletries
  • Keychains
  • Laptop cases
  • Wallets
  • Clothing
  • Gloves
  • Stationery
  • Electronics
  • Pet products

Is Proposition 65 Serious?

The Prop 65 warning means that the state of California has deemed a product as having the possibility of causing cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm due to the chemicals that are found inside. It doesn’t mean the product WILL cause these issues, it simply means that California believes you should proceed with caution.

The Prop 65 label is considered a “right-to-know” law. You should receive warning that these chemicals are in the products you’re using.

How Does Proposition 65 Affect My Order?

Proposition 65 requires warning labels to be placed on anything that may contain any of the 800 chemicals that the California Air Resources Board considers a potential carcinogen or toxin. This list of elements includes lead (contained within the inks used to customize most products), brass, PVC, and a lot more.

Rest assured, we are always on the ball when it comes to Prop 65:

We Test for Quality

Every product from Quality Logo Products® is tested for quality and meets all federal and state requirements.

We Label Our Products

Proposition 65 doesn't give any exclusions or exemptions - if there's one of the listed chemicals in the product, it has to get labeled.

We Are Serious About the Law

We want you to always stay safe and informed. Plus, stiff penalties apply for not complying with Proposition 65. Failure to label products could mean civil penalties brought by the state of California in the amount of $2,500.00 per day! For those reasons, we take Prop 65 seriously and will always comply with the law.

Wait! Don't Get Freaked Out By This.

We want you to know that the label doesn't mean our products will cause cancer or reproductive harm - we're just following the law and complying with California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986! These labels are just one of the many steps we have taken to warn consumers and abide by this California state law.

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