Proposition 65 and the Red Licorice Police
By David Henderson
My wife is a big fan of red shoestring licorice. She tried to order some on-line from an out-of-state vendor. Here’s the e-mail she got back:
Please accept our sincerest apologies. Due to changes in the California Proposition 65 at this time we are not able to ship products containing Licorice to California. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. The item has been removed from your order and no charge will be made. I have sent a request to our staff to confirm if the red and strawberry licorices will remain among the items that are restricted or if the status of these may change. Customer Service will notify you within two business days with an update.
Please contact your state legislator if you have additional questions or concerns about California Proposition 65.
My wife replied:
Thank you for your message. Ah, the joys of living in California. Pretty soon, they’ll be sending agents to our homes to search our shelves for such dangerous contraband as red licorice. Of course, I know it’s not your company’s fault and that you have no choice but to follow this insane law. Oh well. Thanks again.
And then there was actually a human on the other hand, someone with a sense of humor. The human replied:
Thank you for your reply.
We do need to follow the laws, but I love your sense of humor.