Can your furniture really cause cancer? California law forces warning on some products

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 23, 2016

Would you want a product in your home that could cause cancer?

Viewer Kathleen in Phoenix says absolutely not.

She sent us an email that her new headboard had a chemical odor that she tried to get rid of for months. One day she examined the piece and found a sticker on the back that says "the product contains it chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive or developmental harm."

Scary stuff. Even scarier? Kathleen is a cancer survivor and doesn't want to go through it again.

It's an understandable concern. And if it causes cancer in California why is it safe enough to be sold in Arizona?

The State of California has a list of more than 900 chemicals that are "known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm." 

The law, known as Proposition 65, says businesses that sell to Californians must provide clear warnings if chemicals on the list are in their products.

Consumers have to contact the manufacturer directly for specifics.

California is the only state that requires cancer warning labels.

But some companies decide to label items regardless of where it will be sold.

Which is why we see them here in Arizona.

Wonder which cancer causing chemicals are on the list? Click here for a full listing. 

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