Why does Bushnell have the following statement on its packaging? “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.”
This warning appears due to the State of California’s Proposition 65 – a law intended to inform citizens about the potential presence of harmful materials. This law mandates a warning regarding the presence of one or more substances (even fractional amounts) found on a long list (over 800) maintained by the State of California. Some of the substances on the prop 65 list are quite common, but believed by the State of California to be potentially harmful in certain situations. A proposition 65 warning means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it requires the warning, or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on the potential presence of a listed chemical. Out of an abundance of caution, Bushnell has elected to place the warning on its products while we continue to evaluate our products and identify opportunities to remove this warning over time.