Prop 65 Tylenol Warning - Gov. Newsom’s panel considers adding acetaminophen to Prop 65 list of dangerous chemicals

Prop 65 Tylenol Warning – Gov. Newsom’s panel considers adding acetaminophen to Prop 65 list of dangerous chemicals. Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash.

The list of Proposition 65 carcinogens continues to grow. Now a panel appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom might add the common pain reliever acetaminophen to the mix. 

More than 900 chemicals are currently included in the state’s mandatory labeling law. This requires visible warnings for any products that may cause cancer or reproductive harm.

Available over the counter since 1955, acetaminophen is found in more than 600 medications including Excedrin, Tylenol and Midol. Often used as a fever-reducer, acetaminophen “can cause liver damage” if misused, according to the FDA. But according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, acetaminophen is not a carcinogen.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has weighed in on the Prop 65 Tylenol topic. It stated that labeling the medication as a carcinogen would be not only illegal, but “false and misleading.” 

Do you have questions about the Prop 65 Tylenol warning? Give us a call for a consultation.

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