Ag Council Builds Bridges to Find Solutions under Prop. 65

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On an issue of importance to many Ag Council members, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently issued a proposed regulation to establish a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for sulfur dioxide (SO2).

In its proposed rule, OEHHA concluded that “consumption by the average consumer of dried fruit treated with SO2 will not result in exposure to SO2 exceeding the proposed MADL. Therefore, a warning is not required under Proposition 65 at this time for exposure to SO2 from consumption of dried fruit.”

Ag Council worked with the Dried Fruit Association (DFA) and the CA League of Food Processors to present data to OEHHA demonstrating the use of sulfur dioxide on fruit. Once OEHHA analyzed the data, they provided the proposed rule.

Proposition 65 was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986 and was intended to protect Californians and the state’s drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause harm and to inform citizens via labeling or signage about exposure to such chemicals.

However, Proposition 65 has led to unintended consequences towards California agriculture. The recently announced proposed rule has been a high priority regulatory matter for Ag Council and many of our members because healthy California-grown foods can be negatively impacted by Proposition 65 listings and labels.

Please contact our office at ph 916.443.4887 if you would like further details about the proposed rule. Click HERE to read the regulatory notice.