Understanding the California Proposition 65 Warning

The California Proposition 65 Warning (Prop 65) was originally intended to protect water sources from harmful contamination. Over time, however, the scope has expanded, encompassing places almost everywhere. Today, Prop 65 requires warning labels on any products that may contain any of the 800+ ingredients the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) deems to be a health hazard.

So what are these ingredients that Prop 65 warns against? Many of them are everyday elements or ingredients such as found in furniture, jewelry, medicine, beauty products, and other household items. Even a flame retardant upholstery chemical currently required by the state of California to be added to upholstered furniture foam is now included among those ingredients.

One of the many ingredients that are listed in Prop 65 is wood dust, a material that always has a chance to be on our furniture and packing materials during the building process. Another ingredient listed in Prop 65 is lead, which could be found in some copper fittings in our electric fireplaces and TV lifts. The final ingredient is urethane in our polyurethane foam mantels. For this reason we put warning labels on some of our products which must include “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm,” or risk facing heavy fines in California.

We know this warning sounds very serious, but we’re here to reassure you that we take our customers’ health and safety very seriously. At Touchstone Home Products we strive to bring you the best quality product. We don’t cut corners, and we design and manufacture our products with the customer in mind. This includes their health and well-being. We promise to honor the trust you have placed in us and welcome you to the Touchstone family.