California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Prop 65, currently lists about 900 hundred chemicals which the State believes could cause cancer or reproductive harm to humans in certain circumstances of exposure. If a product contains any of these chemicals, the label may be required.
The warning does not mean that our products will cause any harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.” Proposition 65 in Plain Language
Should I be concerned that Audix products will harm my health?
Audix does not believe our products pose an unreasonable risk to our customers when used as intended, because Audix has hundreds of products, accessories, and parts which have one or more sub-assemblies and could have variations in raw material suppliers who themselves could have variations in the materials they provide, it is not financially possible for us to test and re-test for the nearly 900 chemicals on the California Proposition 65 warning list, a list that continues to grow and change every year.
With the potential penalties and the presence of a cottage industry built around Prop 65 civil suits in mind, Audix has elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice on all products out of an abundance of caution, to ensure compliance, and avoid the potential for costly and frivolous civil actions.
I purchased this product outside of California. Why does it have a label?
Although Prop 65 only applies to companies operating in California, selling products in California, or manufacturing products that may be sold in or brought into California, it would be extremely difficult and costly to determine which products will be ultimately sold or brought into California. Therefore, to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements, we have decided to include these warnings on all Audix products, regardless of their U.S destination.
For more information about Proposition 65, you may wish to visit the Proposition 65 section of the website of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at www.oehha.ca.gov.
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