Proposition 65, officially named the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was passed into law in 1986 by the state of California with the original intent of protecting drinking water sources from chemical contamination. However, since 1986 the scope of the law has grown to include such common substances as wood dust, brass and PVC. There are approximately 900 ingredients and chemicals on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) list of carcinogen or reproductive toxicants. Many of the 900+ chemicals and substances are common ingredients and materials found in a variety of household goods such as lotions, jewelry, lamps, lead crystal glasses, automobiles, and furniture.
The Proposition 65 Warning Label is required by law on all products sold to California that may contain any of these ingredients and materials. One of the substances found on the Prop 65 list of potentially harmful materials is wood dust. As there is always a chance of wood dust or one of the other substances listed on Proposition 65 being present in our furniture, we have put Proposition 65 warnings on all of our products being sent to California. Under California law, there is a risk of large fines for not warning consumers and therefore, the specified warning label is placed on each piece of furniture DeMuro Das sells into California. Further, the exact wording on the label is mandated by California law to read, "WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm –www.P65Warnings.ca.gov"