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Proposition 65

What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 is the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 Health and Safety Code Section 25249.6 et al. Any company that sells or manufactures consumer products in California is subject to Proposition 65. Because C.O. Lynch Enterprises sells products in California, C.O. Lynch Enterprises is subject to Proposition 65.

Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any consumer product that may contain any of 800-plus chemicals that the State of California considers a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant. For many chemicals there is no definable amount of how much of these chemicals must be present to be considered harmful. In some instances, the State of California has set threshold levels of certain chemicals to be safe but in general the burden is on a manufacturer or seller to prove that exposure of those chemicals in their product pose no harm to the consumer.


Why does Itasca Footwear put warning labels on products sold outside of California? 

We label all of our products with this required warning label to cover the chance that any of our products were to make it to California. If our products are shipped into the state of California without the proper warning label, we would be in violation of this California law and subject to its penalties. 


How come I don’t see this warning on everything I buy?

This is a California State Law and not a Federal Law. Companies that do not sell consumer products in California do not need to put this warning on their products. 


Are Itasca Brands Products Safe?

All of our products are manufactured to meet federal and state laws for safety and restricted substances. 


Where can I learn more about Proposition 65?

For more information about Proposition 65, visit the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

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