What our warning label means

In order to comply with the Californian Proposition 65 regulations, GFB has added a warning label to all its products sold in California. Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted in November 1986. The proposition protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.

Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. This warning is specific to residents in California that purchase products that may contain chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. These warnings are placed on products in your household, restaurants, cinemas and elsewhere.

The Prop 65 warning does not mean that our products will actually cause harm. The State of California has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” Think of the law as a “Right to Know” rather than it being unsafe. For more information go to: https://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.

Our products are manufactured primarily from aluminum, which can contain up to 0.4% lead. We also use brass for smaller components within our products (such as the piston inside a blow off valve), which has a lead content between 2.5 – 3.5%. Since lead is dangerous to humans when absorbed into the body (typically by ingestion or inhalation), under Prop 65 it is mandatory for us to label our products accordingly.

Lead is dangerous to humans and can be absorbed by prolonged contact.

Please see the website of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Protection for further information about Proposition 65.