WHAT IS THIS WARNING?
The EXCLAMATION warning symbol marks and the warning statement (“WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov”) which are indicated on our products, packages or on e-commerce internet website support the regulations of California (USA) Proposition 65.
WHAT IS PROPOSITION 65?
Proposition 65 is a Californian law officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The mark and statement are indicated in accordance with the stipulations of the regulation requiring notification to residents of California to dangers of potential accidental or intentional exposure to chemical substances used in products.
WHY DOES IBANEZ INCLUDE THIS WARNING?
The regulations cover about 1,000 chemical substances known to cause cancer or reproductive issues given in ”CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE TO CAUSE CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY” (see: https://oehha.ca.gov/media/downloads/proposition-65/p65122917_0.pdf) however, this warning is not necessary if the risk of exposure is not serious or there is no observable effect. Since use of some of the chemical substances are prohibited or regulated by various ordinances of different countries, we use the contained concentration to evaluate the overall risk of the chemical substance. Under Proposition 65, correct risk evaluation requires use of amount of exposure. Except for substances that are prohibited from use by other regulations, we give Proposition 65 warnings for all products that may contain covered substances even when minute amounts may be found in products contained in our products or their packaging. The warning is required for chemical substances that are carcinogenic in rates exceeding 1 in 100,000 after exposure for 70 years of that are reproductively toxic in rates exceeding 1 in 1,000 NOEL (No Observable Effect Level) as defined in the Proposition. Although we do not intentionally use covered substances in amounts greatly exceeding these levels in our products, Proposition 65 warnings are given on many of our products for the reasons given above.
WHY IS THE WARNING INCLUDED ON PRODUCTS THAT ARE SOLD OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA?
Additionally, due to the difficulty of determining in advance which products we sell will reach residents of California due to ongoing cross-border e-commerce sales, all products sold give these warnings even when not sold to California or the United States of America.
For more information, please refer to the sites of California State.
About Prop 65: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/about-proposition-65