I’d like to make you aware of a new sticker that will start popping up everywhere in California.
Nearly 30 years after it was instituted, only now you’ll begin seeing Prop 65 labels. All of this hubbub because of a plaintiff called “Environmental Research Center”, who is targeting the nutritional supplement industry with allegations of heavy metals in dietary supplements. This act is considered highly controversial since many of the ingredients in question are naturally present at trace levels in foods, including coffee, alcohol, and vegetables- without presenting a threat to human health.
Even a google search declares: “The Prop 65 label is like a noisy alarm that rings equally loudly about smaller amounts of low-risk substances and huge amounts of potentially harmful chemicals. The labels don’t say how much of the chemical is present, or how much it would really take to make a person sick”.
California’s Proposition 65 doesn’t limit or ban the amount of chemicals that can be in a product. Instead, it is a California right-to-know law that requires warnings at very stringent exposure levels for listed chemicals. The law applies only to products sold in California- it doesn’t apply to any other state in the Union.
There are over 900 chemicals on the Proposition 65 list. Although many of these chemicals are synthetic, some are natural substances (lead and cadmium), found in the environment. Prop 65 requires the warning limit to be set 1000 times lower than the level where scientific studies confirm there is no reproductive harm. This is a warning threshold, not a safety threshold.
At Standard Process, we assure you that all of our products, when taken as directed, are safe and meet all applicable federal and state food and product safety laws.
To prepare for patients asking why this label is now appearing on a small portion of Standard Process products, you may want to print and display this post to inform them.