California Proposition 65 Warning FAQs
What is the California Proposition 65 Warning?
From time to time, you may notice a product that bears a warning sticker with the following: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including (chemical name), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
These warnings are commonplace throughout the state of California in a wide variety of places – from restaurants to car dealerships and on many, many consumer goods. Because we sell our products not only in brick and mortar stores within the state of California, but also via the internet, we choose to provide the warning for all consumers. These warnings are required under a California labeling law called Proposition 65 (also referred to as Prop 65), which is intended to notify California residents of potential exposures to chemicals listed under Prop 65. This type of law is known as a “right-to-know” law.
What kind of chemicals are listed under Prop 65?
Currently, there are approximately 900 chemicals listed under Prop 65, and this list must be updated at least once per year. The chemicals range from naturally occurring chemicals, such as Vitamin A, to synthetic chemicals used in construction and manufacturing. As it pertains to our products, the chemicals we must be keenly aware of are heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Heavy metals are naturally-occurring and are widely distributed throughout the environment – in air, water and soil. Because of their ubiquitous nature, they are naturally found in many common foods and plants. These heavy metals are not intentionally added.
Do I need to worry about Prop 65 Warnings?
When it comes to dietary supplements, you don’t really need to worry about the Prop 65 Warning. This warning is like a smoke alarm. Whether you burned your dinner or your house is on fire, the smoke alarm will ring equally loudly for both instances. But there is a huge difference between burning your dinner in the oven and your house being on fire. These warning labels do not state how much of a chemical is present or even how much it would take to cause harm to a person. You will see the same warning on your bottle of vitamins as you would on a 1 gallon container of pesticides.
For example, a very simple salad made of 1 serving (78 g) of carrots and 1 serving (85 g) of leaf lettuce would require a warning label for lead under Prop 65. The amount of this simple salad you would need to eat in one day to actually cause harm is more than 1,000 times higher than a normal serving. This equates to 171 pounds (78 kg) of carrots and 187 pounds (85 kg) of leaf lettuce!
All plants will naturally contain some amount of heavy metals, such as lead, from the soil in which they were grown. This goes for carrots, lettuce, apples and the herbs used in Redd Remedies’ products.
Because Redd Remedies utilizes the most sensitive technology to detect heavy metals (down to parts per billion), we can never lawfully proclaim our products are free of heavy metals. All of our ingredients and finished products are analyzed for a variety of heavy metals to make certain they meet our stringent specifications for quality and safety.
Want more information?
If you want more information regarding Prop 65, visit www.P65Warnings.ca.gov. Or contact our Customer Care Department at 888-453-5058.
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