Proposition 65 requires warning labels on products that may contain any of the 800-plus chemicals or ingredients that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) lists as a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant. These include wood dust, brass and other everyday elements.
Many of the elements listed under Prop. 65 are common everyday additives found in products such as jewelry, lead crystal, electric cords, automobiles, beauty products and furniture.
Because there is always a chance that wood dust and hundreds of ingredients listed in Prop. 65 could potentially be on our furniture or packing materials, we must include Prop. 65 warnings on our products or face possible fines under this law in California. In addition, we are required to use the exact wording for this warning specified by California: “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of California Prop 65 substance (eg Wood Dust)], which is known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/furniture.
BarcaLounger builds products in large quantities for stock. At the time of production, we seldom know where each item will be shipped. Therefore, we place warning labels on all of our furniture, whether it ships to California or not. It is also important for all retailers to leave the warnings on the furniture.