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AAFA Hails Effort to Reform Prop 65

May 7, 2013


Arlington, VA – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) today welcomed the announcement by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. intending to reform California Proposition 65.

“As one of the largest economies in the world, California represents a major opportunity for more than four million U.S. apparel and footwear industry workers, many of whom call California home,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “I applaud Governor Brown for his commitment to reforming Proposition 65.  We look forward to working with the Governor and other California stakeholders to ensure California’s families, workers, and businesses can be protected by meaningful product safety protections without fear of erroneous litigation.”

AAFA strongly opposes California Proposition 65, which turned what was intended to protect citizens from chemicals into a feeding frenzy for bounty hunters and litigants. AAFA works diligently with its members to help them understand ways to protect themselves from these frivolous lawsuits.  By understanding the options they have to comply with the requirements set out by Proposition 65.

Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. Proposition 65 is a California law that requires "warning labels" on ALL products (not just children's products) sold in California that contain lead, phthalates, cadmium and any one of 850 other chemicals that the State of California believes could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Prop 65 allows so-called "citizen enforcers" to enforce the law. NGOs, other groups and even private Californian citizens can sue in California courts and collect part of the fines.






About AAFA


Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $350 billion in annual U.S. retail sales.  


AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and purpose, AAFA delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. AAFA enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. AAFA's comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.