May 3, 2016
Dear Valued Customer,
We are aware of recent press stories which allege that crib mattresses and children’s mats sold by many retailers and manufacturers, including Angeles, contain a flame retardant TDCPP (Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) Phosphate). California law requires a warning to be provided for products which contain Tris above certain levels. “Tris” is commonly used as a flame retardant in certain products to keep children safe in the event of a fire.
The specific law at issue here is California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State of California to list chemicals and substances that it believes are carcinogens or reproductive toxicants. That list has grown to include over 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987, and the list includes synthetic compounds, natural elements, and other substances. TDCPP was only recently added to the Proposition 65 list in October 2011, and that listing took effect on October 28, 2012.
Proposition 65’s labeling standards are among the most stringent in the world. Proposition 65 does not ban the sale of products containing listed chemicals. Instead, Proposition 65 is a right-to-know statute that requires a warning to be provided for a consumer product if that product contains a listed chemical above specified thresholds. Under Proposition 65, for chemicals such as Tris Phosphate, those thresholds must be calculated assuming exposures to the chemical for 70 years.
Again, and most important, California does not prohibit use of this chemical if a warning label is present. Proposition 65 is not a product safety law that bans levels of a chemical that may be present in a product based on any actual reported harm to any consumer. As the California agency responsible for implementing Proposition 65 has noted: “A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.” Proposition 65 is a proactive measure to inform consumers. It is also important to note that (a) no report or media outlet has alleged that any California consumer has been hurt and (b) all our products meet all applicable CPSC rules, standards and requirements.
Excelligence Learning Corporation, which is the parent company of Discount School Supply and Angeles Corporation, recognizes safety as its top priority. Over our 27-year history, we have been committed to quality often above and beyond compliance to federal and state regulations of each and every product we offer to our customers. We are currently investigating the claims raised by these stories and others and we take our compliance obligations seriously. Beyond that, because this is a pending legal matter, it would be inappropriate to further comment as to those claims.
We will always take every appropriate step to ensure that the children who use our products and the teachers and families who choose them can depend on us to deliver products you can trust.
We invite your inquiries, and we appreciate your attention.
Kelly Crampton, CEO
Suniti Gill, Director of Quality Assurance
Excelligence Learning Corporation Recommend