Prop 65/Environmental Blog

In 1986, the California electorate overwhelmingly passed Proposition 65, formally known as “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.”  In enacting Proposition 65, the electorate explicitly found that California state agencies had failed to protect Californians from hazardous chemicals that pose a serious potential threat to their health and well-being...
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posted on September 30, 2016
Laurence Vinocur has issued over a dozen new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as gloves with vinyl/PVC components, mugs with exterior designs, and hand tools in California that contain chemicals known to the State to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm without the requisite health hazard warning.  Vinocur alleges that the companies’ products contain the phthalate chemical DEHP, the phthalate chemical DINP, the flame retardant... full text
posted on September 14, 2016
John Moore has filed a complaint in Alameda County Superior Court against U.S. Jaclean, alleging that the company sold exercise balls that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DEHP is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm, and Proposition 65 requires that companies offering products for sale in California that contain DEHP must provide consumers with a "clear and reasonable" warning of... full text
posted on September 7, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has issued more 60-Day Notices of Proposition 65 violation against various tea distributors, including Anhing Corporation, Frontier Cooperative, and Save Mart Supermarkets.  Dr. Leeman alleges that the companies sold dried teas, both loose-leaf and bagged, in California that contained the heavy metal lead, without the requisite health hazard warning.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm. See our... full text
posted on September 2, 2016
John Moore has negotiated a successful settlement with Maverick Apparel, resolving allegations that the company sold vinyl/PVC jackets that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DEHP is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm, and companies offering products for sale that contain DEHP must provide consumers with a Proposition 65 warning. As a condition of the settlement, Maverick Apparel has agreed... full text
posted on August 25, 2016
The Mars Retail Group has issued a recall on M&Ms-branded jewelry that were sold at M&Ms World Stores in New York; Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas; and Henderson, Nev. from May 2015 to June 2016.  The jewelry has found to contain high levels of lead, in excess of federal safety standards. The recalled jewelry includes earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces featuring the M&Ms "M" logo as a charm or other feature.  Consumers are urged to stop using the jewelry... full text
posted on August 19, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has issued 60-Day Notices of Proposition 65 to companies offering dried tea, both loose leaf and in bags, that were found to contain the heavy metal lead, without the requisite health hazard warning.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm.  The noticed companies include Teavana, Numi, and DavidsTea. See our most recent 60-Day Notices. full text
posted on August 8, 2016
John Moore has issued six new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as rainwear, table tennis paddles, and clothesline in California that contain chemicals known to the State to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm without the requisite health hazard warning.  Moore alleges that the companies’ products contain the phthalate chemical DEHP and/or the heavy metal lead, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects and... full text
posted on August 2, 2016
Citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held has filed a complaint in Marin County Superior Court against Korres USA Ltd., LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton, and Sephora, alleging that the defendants violated Proposition 65 by not providing health hazard warnings to consumers that a certain product contained benzophenone.  Benzophenone is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, and companies offering products for sale in California that contain benzophenone are required to provide... full text
posted on July 29, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has issued 60-Day Notices of Proposition 65 to companies offering dried tea, both loose leaf and in bags, that were found to contain the chemical naphthalene, without the requisite health hazard warning.  Naphthalene, which is best known as the main ingredient of traditional mothballs, is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.  The noticed companies include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Samovar Tea Lounge, and Coffee Bean Direct. Product... full text
posted on July 22, 2016
CSI Outdoors has issued a recall on children's insulated water bottles which were sold exclusively at LL Bean from July 2015 through May 2016.  The solder at the exterior base of the bottle was found to contain high levels of lead, in excess of federal safety standards. The water bottles have a 13.5 oz capacity and came in the following color prints: Dino Bones, Flower Power, Orange Grid camo, Purple Tie Dye Butterfly, and Robo Shark.  Consumers are urged to stop using the... full text