Where were you visiting and when?
We ACTUALLY operate in California and there has not been some gigantic, draconian, jackbooted agency knocking down our door to compel us to label everything and we certainly aren't seeing anything but a few requests from a couple eco-friendly wineries wanting little table top signs for their tasting rooms. Just like most of the other urban myths running amok about the Sunshine State, this one seems to be either concentrated in a few places or people are over reacting to the new law.
Here is an article about the updates to the 1986 law and it clearly states that the requirements are not mandatory or even enforced. The second paragraph spells it out. They are simply a precautionary warning and good faith overture for businesses. I don't know why people derive so much pleasure running this state down, but judging from the number of hellhole states out there with far deeper problems, I guess its just a case of projection and envy. For those living here in so much displeasure and unhappiness, you all have feet, use them and find some low tax, low regulation "paradise" and just hope some fertilizer plant or open pit copper mine doesn't get built next door.
SF And SJ. It's been a few years since I've been.. Most of them were something along the lines of they use cleaning chemicals known to the state of california to cause cancer. Every hotel I was in had it... on the outside, and in the hotel room, most of the major stores seemed to have it. I laughed when I saw it at Disneyland, that one I remember clearly! I remember even starbucks had it... Thats about when I stopped paying attention.
I don't live there, so maybe it's just SF/SJ that's like that... but it's a running joke that everything in California causes cancer because of the abundance of decals everywhere stating so. Like I said... I'm all for warnings, and maybe being overly cautious is better than having another Abestos or Led paint situation... It just seems like it's thrown around so much that you ignore it, which is more dangerous than just not having labels.
I'm not going to get cancer from going into Starbucks or Disneyland.
Read that. Starbucks and other smaller shops had to pay millions, and start telling people their coffee causes cancer... A judge, not just some random people complaining.. but an Actual judge ruled they had to do it because they couldn't prove it didn't cause cancer.
acrylamide is found in French fries, cereals, peanut butter, chips... etc. So everything theoretically has to be labeled in California as it's known to cause cancer. Which means every fast food place... every restaurant has to say it... It's just crazy.
I think whoever made the proposition had their heart in the right place, but it's being abused, and over used right now.
Again... love California, don't think they're a bunch of hippies, (Hell, I live in Vancouver... We're considered Canadas California) I just think this labeling thing is a bit too much!