Beginning on November 10, 2018, Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) will be subject to enforcement under California’s Prop 65.
Because both chemical compounds possess a unique ability to repel oil and water, these chemicals have been used in a plethora of surface protection products such as carpet and clothing treatments; coatings for paper, cardboard packaging and leather products; industrial surfactants, emulsifiers, wetting agents, additives and coatings; processing aids in the manufacture of fluoropolymers such as nonstick coatings on cookware; membranes for clothing that are both waterproof and breathable; electrical wire casing; fire and chemical resistant tubing; and plumbing thread seal tape.
With uses of PFOSs and PFOAs across such a wide range of products, it is important for companies to determine if their products contain these substances and if they are subject to Proposition 65 Warning requirements.
Much like the chemicals in the phthalate family, PFOA and PFOS offer a myriad of enforcement opportunities for bounty hunter groups.
Prop 65 Plaintiffs plaintiff groups have already highlighted November 10th on their calendars and most likely have begun testing product samples.