65 is More Than a Speed Limit

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I’d like to make you aware of a new sticker that will start popping up everywhere in California.

Prop 65 warning label

Nearly 30 years after it was instituted, only now you’ll begin seeing Prop 65 labels. All of this hubbub is 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.

To prepare for patients asking why this label is now appearing on a small portion of Standard Process products, you may want to read/print the following to inform them:

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.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the recent appearance of Prop 65 labels on a small portion of Standard Process products, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to address any inquiries you may have and provide you with the necessary information. Your health and well-being remain our top priority. Thank you for your continued support and trust in Standard Process.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Be advised that any nutritional program suggested is not intended as a treatment for any disease. The intent of any nutritional recommendation is to support the physiological and biochemical processes of the human body, and not to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent any disease or condition. Always work with a qualified medical professional before making changes to your diet, prescription medication, lifestyle, or exercise activities.

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