Proposition 65 Disclosure
Under the California law known as Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”), the state of California is required to provide a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, and businesses are to notify California consumers if any of these chemicals are present in the products they manufacture or distribute. The current list contains about 800 chemicals and can be downloaded here. Businesses can receive a significant fine or face a more serious legal outcome if there is no warning where specific chemicals are present in their products. It is important that all businesses comply with Prop 65, provide the proper warning labels, and educate their customers.
The presence of such chemicals in polyvinylchloride (“PVC”) film, laminates and coated fabric products (individually and collectively, as applicable, “Vinyl Products”), even at extremely low concentrations, can lead to disputes over Prop 65 warning obligations that are very difficult to resolve. If it’s reasonable to suspect, or you know that Mississippi Polymers, Inc. (“MPI”) Vinyl Products will be, indirectly or directly, introduced into commerce in California, MPI recommends that you take steps to confirm whether the warning requirements of Prop 65 are applicable to the products in question and whether your company is complying with those warning requirements for the chemicals contained within these products.
At present, MPI, in certain products, uses a plasticizer commonly known as DINP (di-isononyl phthalate). While the concentration and exposure paths are not likely to cause any of the problems mentioned in Prop 65, and in many instances, not likely to exceed the “safe harbor” threshold triggering labeling under current regulation, in an abundance of caution and a desire for transparency, MPI applies a disclosure label to each roll of its Vinyl Products containing this chemical. MPI does not recommend removal of any of such labels and strongly encourages its customers to determine if they should label these products as-is or after conversion (printing, laminating, finishing, etc.). You and your firm are solely responsible for determining whether these products and your finished product(s) incorporating them, in whole or in part, require labeling in compliance with Prop 65. MPI has and will continue to work with its customers and suppliers to gain approval to use plasticizers not subject to Prop 65 regulation. For more information on alternatives, please contact your MPI sales engineer.
Prop 65 FAQs (PDF)