California Adjusts Prop. 65 Labeling Requirements

by Ken Allen, on June 13, 2016

Screen_Shot_2016-06-10_at_11.07.39_AM.pngIn the U.S., different states may have different regulations regarding the labeling of toxic materials. But not all retail businesses that do business nationwide respond to these rules in the same way.
In the U.S., different states may have different regulations regarding the labeling of toxic materials.  Sometimes, their labels will differ state by state. Other times, they will choose one label and apply it to products sold nationwide, regardless of whether the regulation in question actually applies.

The latter strategy may seem confusing, but it is more common than many people think. It's the reason why consumers all across America are familiar with California's Proposition 65, otherwise known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

"Recently, the California OEHHA announced changes to the Prop. 65 labeling regulations."

The act regulates the use of chemicals that are known to be hazardous to health, such as benzene, formaldehyde and mercury. A common label required by Prop. 65 states that, "This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects." 

Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced changes to the Prop. 65 labeling regulations, with the goal of making them more useful to concerned shoppers. According to a report by JD Supra, the new labels will be printed in a bold font and contain a yellow warning triangle. They will also include a web address for those wishing to learn more about the specific chemicals contained within. 

Though California is just one state out of 50, it is large enough to have a major impact on retail business labeling when it adjusts its regulations. An Enterprise Labeling Solution can help the industry adapt. For instance, Loftware makes it possible respond to complete and variable customer and regulatory labeling requirements, and offers native drivers for color barcode labeling - eliminating the need for costly pre-printed label stock. This leads to better efficiency and higher levels of compliance.

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