You may have seen the following warning label on our instruments:
“Warning: This instrument’s finish contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. These risks only exists when sanding or abrading the surface. “
While we believe our instruments are not harmful when used as intended, to play music, we provide the warning as a result of the California law.
What is Proposition 65?
The State of California has enacted the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 generally referred to as “Proposition 65”. Proposition 65 is a far reaching law and applies to any company that operates in California, sells products in California, or manufactures products that may be sold in or brought in to California.
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any products that contains or may contain any of 700-plus elements that the California Air Resources Board considers harmful. Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.
Why has Fodera Guitar Partners decided to place a label on its instruments?
The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are steep As a result of the steep penalties and because there is no penalty for providing the warning, Fodera Guitar Partners and many other manufacturers have elected to provide a Proposition 65 notice our of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.