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WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Benzopyrene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

This warnig is from ffg for the playmats.Does anyone know more info about this?

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On ‎10‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 5:18 AM, SASUKE13 said:

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Benzopyrene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

This warnig is from ffg for the playmats.Does anyone know more info about this?

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Benzopyrene is a component of pitch and occurs together with other related pentacyclic aromatic species such as picene, benzofluoranthenes, and perylene.[1] It is naturally emitted by forest fires and volcanic eruptions and can also be found in coal tar, cigarette smoke, wood smoke, and burnt foods such as coffee. Fumes that develop from fat dripping on blistering charcoal are rich in benzopyrene, which can condense on grilled goods.[2]

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Evidence exists to link benzo[a]pyrene to the formation of lung cancer.[6]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzopyrene

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benzo(a)pyrene listen (BEN-zoh-ay-PY-reen)

A chemical that comes from certain substances when they are not burned completely. It is found in car exhaust, smoke from wood fires, tobacco, oil and gas products, charred or grilled foods, and other sources. It may also be found in water and soil. Benzo(a)pyrene can cause a skin rash, a burning feeling, skin color changes, warts, and bronchitis. It may also cause cancer. It is a type of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. Also called 3,4-benzpyrene.

https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/benzoapyrene

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Measurement of some potentially hazardous materials in the atmosphere of rubber factories.

[Summary of article, underline added for emphasis by me]:

"Two separate topics of work are outlined: methods for the measurement of chlorinated monomers in PVC and polychloroprene, and also methods for the measurement of these materials in factory air. Typical results which have been obtained in supplies of raw materials, in finished products, and in the working atmosphere at manufacturing operations are given. The second topic concerns the measurement of benzo[a]pyrene in the atmosphere of a tire manufacturing plant. This material is present in trace quantities in the mineral oils and carbon blacks used by the industry. The atmospheric concentrations present at various processes in this plant were measured on a daily basis over a period of two years, and the results obtained compared with results taken concurrently from an outside air station. It is shown that no significant quantities of benzo[a]pyrene are produced by tire manufacturing operations."

https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/abs/10.1289/ehp.7617117

So, let's talk about Benzopyrene.  Information on Benzopyrene keeps rerouting me to Benzo[a]pyrene, so I'm thinking one begets the other during some process (burning or otherwise).

Benzo[a]pyrene is a cancer causing substance.  It's the active (cancer causing) ingredient in tobacco.  It is given off in trace quantities when manufacturing the rubber for neoprene mats.  It is dangerous if inhaled (in the right quantities) and can cause skin irritation or rash.

They're legally required to add the warning you described to materials (presumably effective after a certain date of production).  I've noticed them in Organized Play kits that contain mats.

If it concerns you, you can rinse the mat with soap and water (be careful not to waterstain the mat when you do so).  However, the quantities are not significant enough to warrant this.

I do, strongly, recommend you not burn the mat and breath in the fumes.  This is carcinogenic if inhaled, and that's the nature of all cases of Benzo[a]pyrene, not just from manufactured products.  If you get lung cancer from Benzo[a]pyrene, it will probably be from one of the other sources listed by https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/benzoapyrene and not board game accoutrement.  ^_^

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As an addendum, California law is a little extreme when it comes to cancer warnings courtesy of Prop 65.  Essentially, if a product or location contains a measurable amount of any of 900 or so chemicals linked to cancer, that warning has to be there.  

This includes gas, circuit boards, potentially even potato chips and coffee soon.
 

Even Disneyland has signs up to be compliant with Prop 65.  It was meant to be there for warning and protection and has become meaningless.

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8 hours ago, FatherTurin said:

...  It was meant to be there for warning and protection and has become meaningless.

I can only imagine.

More a "The best laid plans..." than "The road to ****..."  I feel that something meaningful misused in such excess is to be the theme of my generation.
 

Edit:  Huh.  **** got censored.  I was using it as a proper noun and not an expletive.  Oh well.

Edited by Duciris
A bad word.

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On 10/29/2019 at 4:16 PM, Supertoe said:

Man, it's dangerous living in California. So many harmless things to the rest of the country will kill you if you even step foot across the border. 😂

Think that's bad? Try Australia, where everything is trying to eat you, including the play-mats.

Especially the play-mats.

Also, they're venomous...just like the bath towels.

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6 hours ago, Deathseed said:

Think that's bad? Try Australia, where everything is trying to eat you, including the play-mats.

Especially the play-mats.

Also, they're venomous...just like the bath towels.

Be careful of those blue-ringed bath mats!! 😉

 

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yeah prop65 is a huge pain for anyone distributing anything in California. With that huge nasty label you have to put on there. For the rest of us that live on planet earth not in whatever world they are from, it is fine.

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We laugh at these warnings, but if there weren't kids out there eating paint chips and ramming their heads into walls, these warnings wouldn't exist. Gotta plan for the lowest common denominator or some less than attentive parents will wind up suing your pants off because you didn't label your knife set as a potentially dangerous item...

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