Understanding California’s Proposition 65
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to certain chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State of California to annually publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Since its inception, this list has grown to include over 800 chemicals.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about the presence of any of these chemicals in the products they purchase. By providing this information, Californians are able to make better informed decisions about the products they buy. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, administers the Proposition 65 program.
All FJC products which are made of brass are subject to Proposition 65 labelling since brass contains small, but detectable, amounts of lead, an element included on the Prop 65 chemical list. Although these products contain a Proposition 65-listed chemical, this does not mean that their use will cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, nor does it mean that these products are unsafe to use. All FJC products meet or exceed the requirements of product performance and safety industry standards as well as the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (1974).