Under State of California regulations known as Proposition-65, a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm has been developed and publicized. Businesses must notify consumers if any of these chemicals are present in the products they manufacture or distribute if the product is sold within the State of California. The current list contains many chemicals and can be downloaded here. Businesses can be fined or face a more serious legal outcome if it fails to warn consumers if any of these specific chemicals are present. It is important that all businesses comply with Proposition-65, properly label their products and educate their users and 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 Proposition-65 warning obligations that are very difficult to resolve. If you suspect or you know that a Mississippi Polymers, Inc. (“MPI”) Vinyl Product(s) you purchase will be indirectly or directly introduced into commerce within the State of California, MPI recommends that you take steps to confirm whether any of the warning requirements of Proposition-65 are applicable, and if so, whether your company is complying with these requirements. If known to be non-compliant, our Vinyl Products carry a compliant warning label when they leave our facility. (Please note. Not all Vinyl Products contain listed chemicals, and when this is the case, these products don’t include a warning label.)
Certain of MPI’s Vinyl Products contain a plasticizer known as DINP (di-isononyl phthalate) and/or an antimony based flame retardant. These chemicals are known to the State of California, as applicable, to cause cancer and/or birth defects. While our preference is to formulate our Vinyl Products without using any listed chemicals whatsoever, in certain cases we’ve not received customer approval to change the formulation. While the concentration and probable exposure paths are not likely to cause any of the problems mentioned by Proposition-65, and in many instances also not likely to exceed the “safe harbor” threshold triggering the need to label, in an abundance of caution and a desire for complete transparency, MPI applies a warning label to each roll of its Vinyl Products if formulated with any listed chemical. MPI does not recommend or approve of the removal of any of these labels and strongly encourages its customers to determine if they should label these products after incorporating them into their products. You are solely responsible for determining whether any of our products you resell and your finished product incorporating them, in whole or in part, require labeling to be compliant with Proposition-65. MPI has and will continue to work with its customers and suppliers on alternatives to listed chemicals.
For more information on alternatives that don’t include listed chemicals, please contact us.
For more information on Proposition-65, please visit the State of California’s website at www.p65warnings.ca.gov/.
Prop 65 FAQs (PDF)