TO TESTORS 6/18/2014: The warning on your RED styrene cement states that "this product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer...". California's Prop 65 also forces Starbucks to admit something similar but they name acrylamide as the carcinogen. Since The U.S. EPA has placed toluene in Group D: Not classifiable as a carcinogen (U.S. EPA, 1994a), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has placed toluene in Group 3: Not classifiable as a carcinogen (IARC, 1989b), I'm asking: "WHAT (EXACTLY) IS THE CHEMICAL YOU WARN OF?"

By end of business (6/18), I am assigned email reference 80012.

(Stay tuned...)

 

TESTORS REPLY 6/24/2014

"Cancer warning" on the bottles and spray cans of enamel paint are due to the presence of an extremely small percentage of a solvent called Toluene. It is not put into the paint as a component during manufacturing, but may possibly be present in a very small amount in one of the raw materials that goes into the paint (i.e. much less than 1 %).

Since California has a statute ("Proposition 65") that requires this specific warning statement on any consumer product containing Toluene, it has been the advice of Testor's legal department (and many other paints manufactures), to include the warning statement, even though the amount present (if at all) in the final paint is very, very small.

 

 

381 California Penal Code

(a) Any person who possesses toluene or any substance or material containing toluene, including, but not limited to, glue, cement, dope, paint thinner, paint and any combination of hydrocarbons, either alone or in combination with any substance or material including but not limited to paint, paint thinner, shellac thinner, and solvents, with the intent to breathe, inhale, or ingest for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, elation, euphoria, dizziness, stupefaction, or dulling of the senses or for the purpose of, in any manner, changing, distorting, or disturbing the audio, visual, or mental processes, or who knowingly and with the intent to do so is under the influence of toluene or any material containing toluene, or any combination of hydrocarbons is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) Any person who possesses any substance or material, which the State Department of Public Health has determined by regulations adopted pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) has toxic qualities similar to toluene, with the intent to breathe, inhale, or ingest for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, elation, euphoria, dizziness, excitement, irrational behavior, exhilaration, satisfaction, stupefaction, or dulling of the senses or for the purpose of, in any manner, changing, distorting, or disturbing the audio, visual, or mental processes, or who is under the influence of such substance or material is guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

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