The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as California Proposition 65 or Prop 65, is a consumer right-to-know law enacted in the state of California. The regulation was formulated to protect California's drinking water sources from contamination with chemicals that are carcinogenic or cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. This regulation requires businesses to inform the public about toxic chemicals present in their consumer products and in the environment and of exposure to these chemicals. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) oversees Prop 65. The regulation is in turn enforced by the California Office of the Attorney General.
The regulation requires the State of California to maintain a list of toxic chemicals, which must be updated annually. This list, since it was first published in 1987, has now grown to include approximately 900 chemicals, which are both naturally occurring and synthetic and include additives or ingredients in common household products, pesticides, food, drugs, solvents, and dyes, all of which are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. This comprehensive list also includes chemicals that are used in manufacturing and construction or are present in the byproducts of chemical processes that are released into the environment, such as motor vehicle exhaust. If a product (foods and supplements included) is sold in California and contains one or more of the chemicals listed, the level of which is above the Safe Harbor Level, the business is required to add a warning label on the product in order to notify its customers about the presence of the chemical.
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