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California Proposition 65

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead and Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.p65warning.ca.gov

What is California Propostion 65?

Proposition 65 is a law passed in California in 1986, referred to as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or more generally referred to as "Proposition 65". Under Proposition 65, California maintains a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Any company whose product contains one or more of the roughly 800 Proposition 65 listed chemicals must provide a notice to California consumers unless the company can prove that exposure levels are 1000 times less than a scientifically-established safe level.

Does this mean my Mercury Tactical Gear product is unsafe?

The current Proposition 65 list includes over 800 chemicals, including chemicals used in many foods, dyes, and household items, and the notice requirements can apply even if a product uses very small quantities of a listed chemical. California has acknowledged that "the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not by itself mean that the product is unsafe." See Proposition 65 in Plain Language!(ca.gov)

Proposition 65 requires companies to provide a consumer notice for exposures to listed chemicals unless the company can prove that exposure levels are 1000 times less than a scientifically-established safe level. While the exposure level of Prop 65-listed chemicals from the use of Mercury Tactical Gear products may be well below the level of no observable effect, proving that exposure is 1000 times less than this threshold can be difficult and costly on a per product basis. Consequently, Mercury Tactical Gear has, out of an abundance of caution, opted to provide the Proposition 65 consumer notice.