Methanol is Now a Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxin

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) has listed methanol as a Proposition 65 reproductive toxin as of March 16, 2012.  OEHHA is also proposing acceptable maximum daily limits of 47,000 micrograms/day by inhalation and 23,000 micrograms/day by oral ingestion.  OEHHA has also issued and interpretive guideline which states that “Exposure to methanol in foods prepared from fruits and vegetables does not constitute an exposure within the meaning of Proposition 651 when the methanol results from pectin that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables” [footnotes omitted].