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Sunday, March 4, 2012

800 Cancer-Causing Chemicals

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California Prop 65 WARNING: Chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity, are present in dietary supplements, nutritional food powders, juice beverages, grocery items (i.e. coffee, fried and baked goods) and other products. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.


Businesses with less than 10 employees and government agencies are exempt from Proposition 65’s warning requirements and prohibition on discharges into drinking water sources. The California Attorney General's Office enforces Proposition 65. Any district attorney or city attorney (for cities whose population exceeds 750,000) may also enforce Proposition 65. In addition, any individual acting in the public interest may enforce Proposition 65 by filing a lawsuit against a business alleged to be in violation of this law. Lawsuits have been filed by the Attorney General’s Office, district attorneys, consumer advocacy groups, and private citizens and law firms. Penalties for violating Proposition 65 by failing to provide notices can be as high as $2,500 per violation per day. For general information on the Proposition 65 list of chemicals, you may contact OEHHA's Proposition 65 program at            (916) 445-6900      , or visit http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html. For enforcement information, contact the California Attorney General's Office at             (510) 622-2160      , or visit http://ag.ca.gov/prop65/

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