Prop 65/Food Safety

Beginning May 11, 2016, Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings for products that expose Californians to significant amounts of BPA.

What is Proposition 65? 

The official name of Proposition 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’. Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.

What types of chemicals are on the list?

The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes or solvents. This list has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

What does a Proposition 65 warning for BPA mean?

Proposition 65 does not ban or restrict the use of BPA in these products. It is a right-to-know law that is intended to enable Californians to make informed choices. Products with warnings can be legally sold and are still required to meet all other applicable state and federal safety requirements.

Products Viele & Sons carries* that may contain chemicals on the Prop 65 list:

*Viele & Sons may not stock these items, but may bring them in on a Special Order basis.

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Vendor Food Safety Notices:

Last update: July 10, 2023

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