SGS Informs You on Recent California Proposition 65 Settlements

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Courtesy of SGS

Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by California residents in 1986. Since its enactment, there have been numerous lawsuits which resulted in the reduction of carcinogenic and reproductive chemicals through reformulations of consumer products containing such chemicals (1).

In a recent Safeguards, SGS informed you that a number of Prop 65 settlements have been reached for a variety of products, including bags, battery testers, binders, binoculars,  carrying cases, casserole dishes, checkbooks, eyewear, Halloween costume accessories, folding beds / mats, jar lifters, jar wrenches, measuring wheels, pet accessories, sunglasses, rollators and zipper bags (1).

In recent months, a number of Prop 65 settlements have been concluded for a variety of consumer products, including bags, bag clips, baskets, billiard table covers, can openers, clocks, crimping tools, ear plugs, exercise balls, floor mats, gripper pads, kitchen tools, passport covers,  pet accessories, plastic figures, stationery sets, tools, wheelbarrows and carts, vinyl / PVC cables and watches.

Highlights of these reformulations for lead and / or phthalates are summarized in Table 1. The acronyms and names of phthalates are summarized in Table 2 within the latest SafeGuards bulletin (  


(1) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (
(2) California Proposition 65 – Recent Settlements - SafeGuards 113/13, June 2013 ( and references therein

About SGS Services for Proposition 65

Throughout a global network of laboratories, SGS is able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy, in consumer products for compliance with Prop 65 ( and worldwide requirements.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SGS experts for further information.

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services
HingWo Tsang
TJP Information and Innovation Manager
SGS Hong Kong Ltd.
5/F Manhattan Centre
8 Kwai Cheong Road
Kwai Chung, NT, Hong Kong, China
t: +852 2774 7420


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75 000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1 500 offices and laboratories around the world.

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