E6000 causes WHAT in California???
We receive a lot of emails regarding the ominous message on the back of the pack so it's important to know what exactly that's all about.
California had great intentions when they launched what is now called "Proposition 65", however this set of legislation was poorly set up and executed, and now they have this strange situation where almost anything you can imagine can be slapped with this warning label.
Basically, if any product is sold in California and it contains any chemical that is on a specific and broad list or to the understanding of the manufacturer, with extensive exposure over a 70 year period, may cause one case of cancer or birth defect in 100,000 people, it is required to display the Prop65 warning.
As the laws are so strict regarding the absence of the label, many manufacturers will apply the label as a precaution and to prevent a lawsuit even if the product has absolutely no chance of causing cancer. Banks, for example, have a warning on the door as there is no scientific proof that rubbing bank notes on the skin daily over a 70 year period won't cause cancer for 1 in 100,000 people. There have been law firms set up simply suing companies who don't have scientific proof that their product or premises won't cause a 0.001% chance of causing cancer after 70 years of constant excessive exposure. This has now been restricted due to a tremendous amount of litigation and profiteering by some lawyers.
Every product containing a solvent, such as nail polish, adhesives, craft and artist paint and fuel will have the warning. You will also see warnings at petrol stations and shopping centre carparks in California too, as constant extensive exposure to car fumes over a 70 year period may cause cancer. There is even a sign at the entry to Disney Land Resort along with virtually every other theme park, school, office building and shopping centre in the state.
If you do a google search you'll find these same cancer warning labels on organic avocados, orange juice and breakfast cereal. You would need to eat close to 1000 avocados every day for life to consume the world health organisation's recommended maximum intake of natural incidental lead content. But that's enough to need the label in sunny California.
As E6000 is made in USA and many of their American retailers are multi-national corporations also selling online, they must have that warning as they may be sold to Californian citizens.
In Australia, and almost every other country, and every other state of the USA, the warning is not relevant as E6000 is no more dangerous than many other household products like nail polishes or spray paints, and just like them, E6000 should be applied and dried in a well ventilated area.
If it's used sensibly, there is certainly nothing to worry about with E6000, just like any other chemical based products n the market!
Read more about Proposition 65 on Wikipedia