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Food Safety Program: Proposition 65

Prop 65 Requirements

California's Proposition 65, also known as the "Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986" [1] requires businesses to provide a warning about the presence of certain chemicals in food, beverages, and other consumer products. These warnings are intended to help Californians make informed decisions about their exposures to certain chemicals.

 

Effective August 30, 2018, restaurants must use this revised version of the warning. [2] [3]

"WARNING: Certain foods and beverages sold or served here can expose you to chemicals including acrylamide in many fried or baked foods, and mercury in fish, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/restaurant."

All other facilities should refer to the safe harbor methods and content corresponding to the exposure type for which the business is providing a warning.

Sample Warnings and translations specific to the exposure type at your business are available at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

 

More information on Prop 65 in San Francisco

The San Francisco Health Code contains language that strengthens the local enforcement of Proposition 65 and requires the Department of Public Health to enforce existing Proposition 65 requirements by ensuring that food product and marketing establishments as well as food preparation and service establishments provide any required Proposition 65 health warnings to customers in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

In addition, the law requires that establishments that are parties to existing settlements and consent judgments in cases filed under Proposition 65, provide required warnings in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Printable copies of the Prop 65 Warning are available in Chinese, English, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese & Spanish. Additionally, Seafood & Fish Warning posters are available in English, Spanish and Chinese). More information regarding California's Proposition 65 is on our Proposition 65 Frequently Asked Questions .

 

 

Notes:

[1] California Code of Regulations, Title 27, Chapter 1. Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986

[2] California Code of Regulations, Title 27, Article 6, section 25607.6. Food and Beverage Exposure Warnings for Restaurants - Content

[3] California Code of Regulations, Title 27, Article 6, section 25607.5. Food and Beverage Exposure Warnings for Restaurants - Methods of Transmission

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