A small amount of wood dust, brass, PVC or other elements on furniture and household items might seem trivial to many. The state of California, however, has taken the issue of ingredients in consumer products to a whole new level with its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as “Proposition 65.”

Proposition 65, officially named the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was passed into law in 1986 by the state of California with the original intent of protecting drinking water sources from chemical contamination. However, since 1986 the scope of the law has grown to include such common substances as wood dust, brass and PVC. There are officially over 800 ingredients and chemicals on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) list of carcinogen or reproductive toxicants. Many of the 800+ chemicals and substances are common ingredients and materials found in a variety of household goods such as lotions, jewelry, lamps, lead crystal glasses, automobiles, and furniture. You may view and download the list of chemicals here: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list

Because there is always a chance that wood dust or some other of the hundreds of ingredients listed in Proposition 65 could potentially be on our furniture or packing materials, we must include Proposition 65 warnings on our products or risk large fines under this law in California. In addition, we are required to use the exact wording for this warning specified by California: “This product can expose you to chemicals including wood dust and formaldehyde (gas), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/furniture.”

Ideally, we would have placed these Venture Horizon/Racks-N-Cabinets warnings only on our furniture products being shipped to California. However, Venture Horizon/Racks-N-Cabinets, like most furniture companies, builds products in large quantities for stock. At the time of production, we rarely know where each item will ship. We have no alternative except to place these warnings on all of our furniture, whether it ends up in California or not. It is also important for all retailers to leave the warning on the furniture when they are shipping to people in California.

The safety of our customers and our employees is of highest priority for Venture Horizon/Racks-N-Cabinets. We want to assure you of our 30-year commitment to offering among the highest quality and safest products in the industry.

Most importantly, we promise to also honor the trust you have placed in us with your purchase or possible purchase of our products. We will honor your trust by offering furniture of enduring quality, lasting beauty and uncompromising safety to you and your family.

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