Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Stain-Repellent Fabrics and Fluorotechnology (PFAS)

Q: What is the definition of Fluorotechnology treatment and why is it important?

A: Fluorotechnology, often referred to as fluorinated chemicals and per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is a diverse group of chemistries characterized by the strong bond between fluorine and carbon. Because of this strong bond, Fluorotechnology provides resilience and durability. Fluorotechnology provides the protection against oils and other stains that other technologies cannot provide. These properties are critical to the performance of many important products that industry and consumers rely on every day. Products such as carpets, food packaging, apparel, automobiles, and cellphones all rely on Fluorotechnology to give them the performance the consumer desires. They help make products last longer.

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Fluorotechnology 101

FluoroTechnology is the use of fluorine chemistry to create any fluorinated product.  When fluorine and carbon atoms combine, they create a powerful chemical bond.  The use and manipulation of this bond gives FluoroTechnology its distinct properties of strength, durability, heat-resistance and stability.  These properties are critical to the reliable and safe function for a myriad of products that industry and consumers rely on every day.

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California’s Prop 65 Labeling Rule Changes

California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, known as Proposition 65, was passed by voters as a public referendum.  It requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Revised labeling rules under Proposition 65 became effective on August 30, 2018 requiring companies to comply with the expanded warning regulations for consumer product, occupational, and environmental exposures.  The final Article 6 rules “Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warnings” provide details on new labeling requirements which include the naming of at least one carcinogen and/or reproductive toxicant in the warning statement if applicable.  Section 25601 and 25603 of Article 6 provide more details.  In addition, paragraph 25600.2 describes the responsibility to provide consumer product exposure warnings through the supply chain.  Labeling requirements for furniture in Article 6 are at paragraphs 25607.12 and 25607.13.

Additional information on Proposition 65 Warnings is at

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