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California regulators may be reconsidering the way that Proposition 65 warning statements are worded. Industry group the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) reports that following a September 25 meeting with the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which oversees Prop 65, OEHHA officials showed interest in AHPA proposals to make warning statements less broad-based and more specific to certain populations.

OEHHA currently requires companies that sell products in California to use a warning statement if products may contain chemicals “known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Companies must use this warning statement even if their products contain miniscule and arguably harmless levels of the more than 850 Prop 65–listed chemicals.

Prop 65 warnings have become so ubiquitous that many argue consumers are now tuning out those warnings. For one, because the threshold for Prop 65 chemical levels is so low, many companies choose to use the warning label preemptively, regardless of whether their products’ chemicals are actually above the threshold. Some also say that warnings don’t provide meaningful information to the consumer because the warning language is vague. AHPA calls the current wording “inflammatory” and “alarming.”

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