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California Prop 65 Warning

California Prop 65 Warning

 

WARNING: This VSSL product may contain chemicals such as nickel and/or cobalt lithium nickel oxide, lead, or diisononyl phthalate which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

 

What is California Proposition 65?

In 1986, the State of California passed the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act; otherwise known as “Proposition 65” or "Prop 65". Prop 65 requires businesses like ours to disclose to individuals the presence of chemicals listed in the Act prior to point of sale. There are more than 900 chemicals on the Prop 65 Chemical List, including many chemicals that are found in components of a wide array of consumer goods or are used to manufacture components that make up consumer goods.

 

Prop 65 applies to any company operating in California, selling products in California, or manufacturing products that may be sold in or brought into California. It mandates that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which is updated annually, includes hundreds of chemicals found in many everyday items. The purpose of Prop 65 is to inform the public about exposure to these chemicals.

 

Why do we include this warning?

VSSL has chosen to provide consumers with as much information as possible so that they can make informed decisions about the products they buy and use. We provide warnings in certain cases based on our knowledge of the presence of one or more listed chemicals without evaluating the level of exposure, as not all the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements. While the exposure from our products may be negligible or well within the “no significant risk” range, out of an abundance of caution, we have elected to provide the Prop 65 warnings. Moreover, if we do not provide these warnings, we could be sued by the State of California or by private parties seeking to enforce Prop 65 and subject to substantial penalties.

 

At VSSL, we go to great effort to select materials that offer superior value, quality, and durability while also being generally recognized as safe and reliable for the full life of the product. To ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements, VSSL has placed a warning on products that contain a Prop 65 listed chemical, either directly or as a part of the raw material supply chain. This allows us to comply with California law and provide our California consumers with the disclosure required by Prop 65.

 

VSSL is working diligently with regulatory bodies and our own manufacturing partners to continue to improve our product performance and reduce the presence of less desirable chemicals. We hope this explanation will enable you to understand why you will be seeing warnings on some our products.

 

Thank you for your continued use of VSSL products.