Does your Promotional Products Consultant understand Proposition 65? They should.

Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, has been around for more than 20 years. It had not become widely know until August 2007, when Mattel, Inc., the world’s biggest toymaker, issued a toy recall for more than 20 million Chinese-made products. Then came the toothpaste recall, dog food recall, and the lunch bag recall for a high content of lead over the past few months. Proposition 65 was originally a health measure created to protect the people of California. Companies cannot discharge toxic chemicals into the states sources of drinking water, or expose people in the state to the toxic chemicals without prior warnings.

So What Does This Mean to You, the Purchaser of Promotional Items?

Purchasing products that are non-compliant, from a Promotional Consultant, who does not verify that the products being sold to you are socially compliant, and /or Proposition 65 compliant could jeopardize your company’s reputation. If your company purchases products for National Tradeshows and these products end up in California without the proper warning labels you could become liable for distributing a product without the warning information.  You should always let your promotional consultant know if the product that you are purchasing will be distributed in California at any time. The law says that if goods made, sold or distributed in California contain “significant levels” of any of the toxic chemicals provided in their annual list, the business selling, manufacturing or distributing these items MUST include a warning label when shipping the merchandise.

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